Experts: Nation's children in dental crisis

April 11, 2011 4:09:28 AM PDT
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says there is a dental crisis involving the nation's children.

Up to 30 percent of kids between ages 2 and 5 already have dental decay.

In order to start a child off with good dental health, parents need to get their children to a dentist at an early age.

The earlier a child is taken to the dentist, the easier it will be to get boys and girls used to getting checkups.

Kids can learn about proper brushing and flossing before they get their adult teeth, even if a parent helps out.

To help prevent tooth decay, obviously watch out for sugary foods.

Dentists also say use fluoride toothpaste , but don't overdo it. Too much can cause fluorosis, which causes white specs on the teeth.