Unnecessary pain and school absences can be two side effects of oral health problems, according to Illinois Public Health officials.  National studies show that around 10-million school days are lost each year due to student dental problems, whether it be from infection and decay, or a child being teased about missing and rotten teeth.

State Oral Health Director Doctor David Miller says remedying this begins with the basics.

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Miller says the biggest misconception parents have is that taking care of baby teeth isn’t important, since they will eventually fall out.  But he says establishing good habits at a young age and creating a strong base for permanent teeth to come in is vital for a lifelong healthy mouth.

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