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Groups including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association suggest children start dental care when their baby teeth emerge, or by 12 months of age. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 40 percent of children have decay by the time they reach kindergarten. It is estimated 59% of 12 to 18 year-olds have had cavities, with about 20% of those cases being untreated. Bacteria forms on the teeth and grows down into the space between the teeth and gums. These pockets become breeding grounds for bacteria and cause inflammation, tenderness, bleeding,...
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