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(WZZM) - There are new recommendations to make sure your child's teeth stay healthy. Doctors say tooth decay is on the rise in children ages five and under because many of them don't see a dentist.

So a task force has recommended primary care doctors apply fluoride treatments to children between ages six months and five years old. The task force also said doctors should prescribe oral fluoride supplements to certain patients.

The thought is children are more likely to see a doctor earlier in life than a dentist.

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in American children. Around one in five kids with cavities don't get treated. Dental experts recommend children start seeing a dentist no later than their first birthday.

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