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Van Takes Time For Children's Teeth

Posted: March 28, 2014 at 5 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO BEN GOFF Stephanie Ableitner, left, a dental hygienist with Pediatric Dental Associates & Orthodontics in Fayetteville, plays Thursday with Aurora Patrick, 1, from Bentonville, while her mother Dominique Patrick fills out consent forms for Aurora to get a free dental screening in the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Mobile Dental Van while it makes a visit to the Walmart Supercenter in Bentonville. The mobile unit provides free dental screenings, dental health information and care kits for children up to 12 years old.

BENTONVILLE -- Dental screenings aren't normally something you can get at a Walmart.

At A Glance

Children And Teeth

Tooth decay and other oral diseases that can affect children are preventable. Here are some things parents and caregivers can do to ensure good oral health for their children:

• Encourage children to eat nutritious meals and avoid frequent between-meal snacks.

• Protect your child’s teeth with fluoride. Use a fluoride toothpaste.

• Talk to your child’s dentist about dental sealants. They protect teeth from decay.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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