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Good dental health for children also benefits working parents.

Thursday, May. 16th 2024 6:08 AM

Did you know that nearly half of 2- to 19-year-olds will experience a dental cavity? According to Cigna Healthcare, tooth decay causes children and teens to miss an average of 2.2 days per school year. Due to that, parents miss an average of 2.5 work days annually, having to take their kids to the dentist. The loss of time off from work may not seem much, but considering possible loss of earnings and dental care costs, it all adds up.

In addition, oral health issues can impact a child’s overall health because untreated tooth decay can lead to pain and infections that may cause problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning. Research shows that children with dental issues tend to have lower grades. The good news is that parents can reduce or prevent time loss from school and work when they are proactive about implementing good dental health habits early on.

Tips on teaching good dental care habits to your kids

1. Start early: It’s important to teach your children good dental habits as early as possible. As soon as your child’s first tooth appears, you can begin by gently cleaning it with a soft toothbrush.

2. Make it fun: Make brushing and flossing fun by turning it into a game or singing a song. You can also use colorful toothbrushes and toothpaste to make it more appealing to your child.

3. Lead by example: Children tend to imitate their parents, so it’s essential to lead by example and show them good dental hygiene habits. Brush and floss your teeth together with your child.

4. Schedule regular dental checkups: Regular dental checkups can help prevent dental problems and catch any issues early on. Make sure to schedule regular checkups for your child and attend them together.

5. Limit sugary snacks and drinks: Sugary snacks and drinks can lead to tooth decay. Limit your child’s intake of sugary foods and encourage them to drink water instead.

6. Use positive reinforcement: Praise your child for good dental hygiene habits and reward them for their efforts. Positive reinforcement can help motivate your child to continue practicing good dental habits.

Posted on May. 16th 2024 | by carol | in Kids Dental Insurance | No Comments »

Dental care for kids, Rotten baby teeth help needed in Connecticut

Thursday, Nov. 25th 2010 3:25 PM

I would like to know can a baby just have rotten baby teeth?  My friend son is just now cutting his teeth at eight months old.  His first few baby teeth look like they are rotten.    His teeth are grayish white in color.  She does not know why this is happening.

Since I have two boys she came to me for my opinion and I told her she should take him to see the dentist.  Both of  my sons baby teeth were white.   I told her that I am not sure if  babies can be born with bad teeth or bad teeth color.

I think she will be taking him to see a dentist but I did let her know that I would look into it some more and see what I can come up with.

Posted on Nov. 25th 2010 | by admin | in Dental Help | No Comments »

Dental care for kids, My son has an overbite

Thursday, Nov. 11th 2010 8:11 AM

I was just told by my dentist that my son has a slite over bite and I may want to think about having it corrected with braces.  I have dental insurance with my job and so I look into what braces coverage I have and found it it is only 300.00 a year up to 1000.00 life time.

Is this good enough?  I really have no idea how much braces cost but this does not seem like all that much coverage.  Should I be saving up money and get my son braces in say a year or two.   How costly is it to have braces put on?

Posted on Nov. 11th 2010 | by admin | in Dental Braces | No Comments »

Dental care for kids, How long does it take to adjust to having braces.

Friday, Nov. 5th 2010 8:21 AM

My son just got braces put on and he said they are hurting him.  I told him that is normal and gave him some Advil.   I would like to know about how long will it take him to adjust to having braces since this is all new to us.   Also anything else that we can do to help ease is pain that you may know of would be good too.

Posted on Nov. 5th 2010 | by admin | in Dental Braces | No Comments »

Dental care for kids, can a dentist tell if you been smoking?

Monday, Oct. 4th 2010 8:12 AM

Okay so I am 14 years old and normally not a smoker.   However with a few of my friends I did have a few cigarettes over the past week.  Though I told them I will not be smoking any more because I do not see the fun in it.  So note I have not smoked in like two days.

I was just told by my mom that I will be going to the dentist for my check up tomorrow.  Will a dentist know that I tried smoking?  Will he say anything to my mom about it.  I am freaking out a little since someone told me you can tell that a person smokes by their teeth.   I found this website on my mom favorites so I though this would be a good place to ask about it.

Posted on Oct. 4th 2010 | by admin | in Dental Help | 2 Comments »

Dental care for kids, Dental plan for Canadians

Wednesday, Sep. 1st 2010 10:12 AM

I live right on the border line of  NY.  So going to NY is not an issue  I do not have current dental for my family and we do see a NY dentist when we are in need of dental care.   Is there a way I can buy dental insurance for my family.

Posted on Sep. 1st 2010 | by admin | in Dental Insurance | 2 Comments »

Dental care for kids, broken baby tooth molar

Friday, Jul. 30th 2010 9:27 AM

My daughter just broke part of her back molar off.   I do not know what the heck she was chewing on but she managed to brake the back molar tooth were a whole corner come off.    She is ten years old and she says she is not in any pain.

Should I wait it out since it is a baby tooth and I do not have the money to crown her tooth since I think that would be the only way to fix it.   Or is there any place I can take her to where getting a crown will not cost me more money then I have?

Posted on Jul. 30th 2010 | by admin | in Dental Care, Dental Help | No Comments »

Dental care for kids, Four baby teeth extractions.

Tuesday, Jul. 27th 2010 9:39 AM

My son has to have four of his baby teeth pulled.   His adult teeth do not have room since the baby teeth will not come out.  Well I made an appointment for him to have this dental work done.  What I would like to know is if my son will be in a lot of pain afterwords?

He will be asleep while he has the teeth pulled but will he be in pain when he wakes up?  Should I only feed him really soft foods?  Any additional information you may have would be good.  Thanks

Posted on Jul. 27th 2010 | by admin | in Dental Care, Dental Extractions, Dental Help | 3 Comments »

Dental care for kids, Need a new dentist for my son.

Wednesday, Jul. 21st 2010 8:51 AM

I have a HMO dental plan currently.  Both my husband and I have been seeing this one dental office that is in our plan.  My son is two and I thought it is a good time to make a dental appointment for him.  I just found out that our dental office does not help two years old.

He will not see my son until he is five.  I think that is just too long to have him wait.  I do not dislike that office so I do not want to have to change providers.  Can my son have his own dentist and we keep seeing the one we want to?  Not sure how it would workout.

Posted on Jul. 21st 2010 | by admin | in Dental Help, Dental Insurance, Kids Dentist | 2 Comments »

Dental care for kids, Looking for a good dentist.

Tuesday, Jul. 13th 2010 9:24 AM

My three year old daughter will need to start going to the dentist.  My husband has a very good family dental insurance plan though work.  The problem is the dentist we see will not take any children under the age of six.

I asked my dentist for a referral but he did not have one.  How do I find my daughter a good child dentist?  Any helpful tips and or advise is welcomed.
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Posted on Jul. 13th 2010 | by admin | in Dental Care, Dental Help, Kids Dentist | 3 Comments »

 

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