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Why Baby Teeth Matter

 
Many parents believe that primary (baby) teeth are less important than permanent teeth because primary teeth are going to “fall out anyway.” However, primary teeth are key to a child’s growth and development in five important ways. 
 

Disturbing gaps in oral health literacy

Written by: Alice Horowitz and Dushanka V. Kleinman

This guest blog post was co-authored by Alice Horowitz and Dushanka V. Kleinman, faculty members at University of Maryland School of Public Health (SPH). This blog post was written for the Children's Dental Health Project blog: TeethMatter and is shared with permission.

Rhode Island Mission of Mercy

Free Dental Care for Rhode Islanders - Rhode Island Mission of Mercy to Be Held on May 30 and 31 at CCRI's Flanagan Campus in Lincoln
 
Regular dental visits provide a chance for early diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of oral diseases for people of all ages. Unfortunately, not everyone has the opportunity to see a dentist, whether it’s because of a lack of dental insurance, the inability to take time off from work, or simply not realizing that a healthy mouth is important to a healthy body. 
 

Progress in the Fight Against Dental Decay

As dental or health care professional who cares for children, you encourage early dental visits, connect children with a dental home, and work to promote tooth-healthy behaviors at home. But are your efforts working? A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control suggests that progress is being made, but there's still a long way to go.

A TeethFirst! Video: Why Early Dental Visits Matter

Doctors, dentists, and other health care providers suggest that babies see a dentist by age one.

To help families understand why they make this recommendation, TeethFirst! asked some Rhode Island dentists and dental hygienists to explain why they think it is important for very young children to see a dentist.

Watch the video and learn why very early dental visits are a great idea. 

Preventing Early Childhood Caries: Learning from New York State’s ECC Simulation Model

Written by: Melitzi Torres

A new Policy Brief by the Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP) describes several efforts that New York State has enacted to prevent and manage early childhood caries (or ECC, which is tooth decay in children from birth through age five).

TeethFirst! Turns 1 - Thank You for Your Support!

Can you believe it? TeethFirst! launched a year ago!

As part of TeethFirst!, free educational materials (brochures, posters, and PDFs) are available on our website. Anyone can access these materials, and order free hard copies. Thank you to the following practices and organizations that have shared our materials with their staff, patients, and clients over the past year!

Task Force Recommends Doctors Give Fluoride Treatments to Young Children

Recently, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a set of recommendations for primary care doctors, encouraging them to take a more prominent role in the dental care of children.

The Task Force suggests that primary care physicians prescribe oral fluoride supplements (like drops, tablets, or lozenges) for children ages six months or older who do not have adequate fluoride in their water supply.

Free Dental Care for Rhode Islanders - Rhode Island Mission of Mercy to Be Held on May 31-June 1, 2014

Written by: Deborah Fuller, DMD, MS

Regular dental visits provide a chance for early diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of oral diseases for people of all ages. Unfortunately, not everyone has the opportunity to see a dentist, whether it’s because of a lack of dental insurance, the ability to time off from work, or simply not understanding that a healthy mouth is important to a healthy body. 

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