Caregivers Are Key In Protecting Kids’ Dental Health

(Reuters Health) – Many kids on Medicaid are not receiving dental care, and those who do often first show up with a dental emergency, according to a new study.

Less than half of a group of four-year-olds the researchers followed had ever visited a dentist, and caregivers who neglected their own oral health tended to neglect that of their children too.

“We know that both good oral health and dental problems tend to cluster and co-occur in families,” said Kimon Divaris, who led the study at the UNC School of Dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should visit a dentist for their first check-up when their first tooth appears, or no later than their first birthday. The AAPD recommends check-ups every six months after that to prevent cavities and other problems.

Oral health is part of general health, and dental problems in young children have been linked to other negative consequences including discomfort and pain, reduced quality of life, failure to thrive, time lost both from school and parents’ work and financial expenditures for families and the health system, Divaris told Reuters Health in an email.
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NASCAR driver Danica Patrick talks dental health

he selection of Patrick as the initiative’s spokesperson, Aspen Dental CEO Bob Fontana said the company was looking for someone who could help raise awareness and promote their effort.

“We knew that no matter how much we could do, we needed someone who really could grab the attention,” he said. “When we met Danica, we were pleased that not only did she understand the crisis right away, she wanted to get involved and she felt passionately about it.” Continue Reading →

Get Ready for Summer Dental Cleaning Anyone?

Summer has is almosthere…at least for most of us in the Northern Califoria! From cleaning out the garage to dusting away those sneaky little bunnies that invade every nook, cranny, and crevice, but Summer is also the perfect time to visit your dentist for your semi-annual checkup and cleaning. Our daily dental routines just don’t cut it! Continue Reading →

Can Drinking From A Straw Protect Your Teeth or Not?

In a word, YES! Sipping drinks through a straw can certainly provide an additional layer of protection for our teeth and gums. Especially when we take to sloshing down some sugary slurry or acidic alcohol, straws can help prevent the cavity creeps from making holes in our teeth and even limit staining or discoloration. Continue Reading →

AAP Launches National Campaign, “Love the Gums You’re With”

 With one in every two adults age 30 and older suffering from periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is calling for Americans to Love the Gums You’re With and take better care of their gums. Periodontal disease can lead to receding gums, bone damage, loss of teeth, and can Continue Reading →

Got Dental Health questions? We’ve got answers.

Everyone can benefit from following the standard guidelines for oral health: flossing daily, brushing twice daily, maintaining a healthy diet, avoiding tobacco use, and having regular dental checkups. Staying on top of your oral hygiene will help you avoid gum disease and will keep your teeth healthy and strong for a lifetime. However, particular groups Continue Reading →

What should I expect during my Downtown Concord Dental appointment?

One of Downtown Concord Dental staff members will review your medical and dental history.  We will then examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, take x-rays of your teeth, as needed, and complete a TMJ (temporomandibular or jaw joint) exam. For new patients, your dental care begins with what we call the “PERFECT BEGINNING”  This Continue Reading →