Why it's important for your child to see the dentist

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Grand Haven, Mich. (WZZM) - Do you know what the number one chronic childhood illness is? It may surprise you to learn that it's tooth decay.

We've been hearing a lot about how the health of our mouth affects our overall health. That's true even for a child.

Only 1.5% of 1 year olds have had a dental visit compared with 89% who've seen their pediatrician.

A new initiative can help improve that statistic. Dr. Darren Riopelle with Smiles Grand Haven talks more about it.

Click on the video link to watch the segment. Click here to learn more about Smiles Grand Haven. Click here to learn more about the Healthy Kids Dental Program.

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