When it's your own teeth, you may be willing to let it slide,
but when your children's chompers are in question, you're probably
already reaching for the phone book! When your children are young,
it is very important that they get adequate dental health care;
otherwise they could be troubled with health issues for the rest
of their lives.
The first thing you can do is instill good dental habits in your
children. Remind them brushing twice a day is important, as is
flossing. You can start them young and make sure that a lifetime
of good habits is created.
While good habits are important, so are regular visits to a dentist
for standard cleaning and things like childhood cavities. A child's
first visit to the dentist should come around the age of six to
twelve months, when the teeth start coming in. If your child is
at a low risk for cavities at that age (does not sleep with a cup,
teeth seem normal) this can be put off until your child is older.
At this tender age, you can ask the pediatrician if he would take
a look at your child's teeth. With regards to dental heath for
your children, you have a lot of options as far as dental insurance
goes. The most straightforward option by far is to get everyone
covered under a policy offered by your workplace. Unfortunately,
this is not always possible, and you can be left searching for
There may be provisions for child dental care at the state and
county level. To be eligible for this kind of service, you must
usually show financial need, be unable to pay for other forms of
dental care and require one of the services provided. Different
counties do this in different ways; in some, the person you contact
is the school nurse, in others, you end up being able to just call
and speak with a coordinator.
Find out what free programs may be available in your state. For
instance, in Colorado, there is the Be Smart and Seal them! School
based sealant project. This program is dedicated to benefiting
grad school children when they are most vulnerable to tooth decay.
Thin plastic coatings are applied to the pertinent surfaces of
the tooth to prevent damage. This program is just one of many that
are sponsored at a state level and can help you take care of your
child's dental health. So if you check with your local state then you may well find other schemes availbel to help you get affordable dental insurance that is right for your family.
Your children's dental care is something that you have a great
deal of control over. By starting them off healthy and arranging
regular visits to the dentist office, you can give them a good
start in the lifelong battle to avoid oral disease and infection.