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Importance of Dental Care for Children

Over the past few weeks, we have discussed the lack of access that children from a low-socioeconomic status background have regarding dental care. A question some may think about is why should it matter if a child, from any financial background, has dental care or not? The Canadian Dental Association has recommended that children should start visiting a dental office within 6 months of the first tooth coming in or by a year old. This recommendation was made to ensure that the parents have given adequate hands on teaching for brushing and flossing of their children's teeth. By starting dental care for children as early as 6 months old, the dental team, along with the parents, can be better equipped to begin preventative care against caries and other possible dental diseases. Another reason why dental professionals need to start seeing a child at such a young age is to allow the child to see that going to the dentist helps solve problems not create.

Some parents may feel that if their child has a cavity in his/her mouth there would be no point in filling it since it will fall out. The Canadian Dental Association remarks that when dentists advise for fillings to be done, it would best to do so. This recommendation is not only for the child’s oral health and potential pain but suggested because if the cavity is left untreated it may begin to affect the overall health of the child. The infected tooth may have to be removed because the decay had spread deeper into the tooth. This could result in needing a space maintainer, or other orthodontic appliances to prevent other teeth from shifting into the space required for the permanent tooth. These potential additional treatments could be more expensive to do than if the recommended filling was done.

The amount of times parents take their children to the dentist depends on the status of the child’s oral health. The more severe it is, the more frequent dental exams need to be and vice versa. If the parents’ dental plan only covers so much treatment care for their child, then it would mean parents have to pay any additional treatment needed out of pocket. Things get complicated when parents feel it’s too expensive and don’t have the means to pay. Programs listed in the previous blog entry only cover so much and is based on income of parents not the needs of their children. This gives parents limited options of what they can and can’t do for their child’s oral health.

Hawa S.

Reference
Canadian Dental Association. (2015). Your Child's First Visit. Retrieved October 31, 2015, from http://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/cfyt/dental_care_children/first_visit.asp
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