Once those baby teeth come in, it's not always easy convincing your little one about the importance of brushing. A lot of parents will tell you, it can be a real struggle. But after the hurdle of teaching your child about caring for his precious toddler teeth, your job is far from over. Children miss over 750,000 days of school each year because of dental problems. So as they get older, it's critical to teach them how to maintain a healthy smile into adulthood. Here is what you need to know about caring for your big kid's teeth.
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If your child has yet to visit a dentist, make an appointment right away to check for any tooth decay. It's important even if they still have some baby teeth. Cavity pain can cause problems when eating, disrupt sleep, and affect concentration in school. Otherwise, plan on getting a cleaning every six months to remove plaque build-up and ensure he is cavity-free.