Affinity Health Plan

  • Dental Problems Can Hurt Your Child's Health and Quality of Life

    August 21, 2015

    The truth about your child’s oral disease is that it’s preventable.

    • Tooth decay is the single most common childhood disease
    • Tooth decay affects nearly 20 percent of preschoolers, half of second graders, and three quarters of 15 year olds
    • Tooth decay is more extreme in children of low-income, minority status, and parents with limited education
    • Oral health is not a cosmetic issue, it is important to your child's future, to spare them disease or pain and to increase their quality of life

     Without dental prevention here is what the problems can do:

    • Affect their growth and function
    • Distract them from learning and playing because of pain
    • Affect how they feel about themselves
    • Affect their ability to eat and to speak
    • Be costly

     What you can do to help your child

    Children on Affinity Health Plan have dental services until they reach the age of 21, including regular 6 month check-ups, fluoride treatments and sealants.

    Prevention

    • See the dentist regularly - Every 6 months

    Do not visit the emergency room for dental care. It can be costly, and it rarely addresses the problem

    • Keep your appointments with the dentist.

    The dentist has set aside a great deal of time to spend with your child so it is very important to keep your appointment

    Fluoride

    • Even before teeth come in, fluoridated water can make teeth stronger.
    • Drink fluoridated water
    • Use fluoride toothpaste and a fluoride mouth rinse after age 6
    • See a dentist for regular fluoride treatments

    Sealants

    • The dentist will place sealants on your child's teeth.
    • It is easy to apply and takes only a few minutes and is not painful
    • Use a soft bristle toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste

    Brushing

    • Brush 2 times per day for 2 full minutes
    • Always brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of your teeth.
    • Don't forget to brush your tongue
    • Floss regularly

    Nutrition

    • Your child needs to eat many kinds of foods:  bread, milk, meat, vegetables and fruit
    • Give your child snacks that are low in sugar like vegetables, fruit and cheese
    • Limit snacking between meals
    • Remind your child to always brush after eating, especially at bedtime

     

    Dentaquest provides services to members of the Affinity Health Plan.


     


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