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Keep Kids Smiling with Cavity-Prevention Tips from DentalPlans.com

February 21, 2019

PLANTATION, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 21, 2019--DentalPlans.com is reminding families that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, an annual observance aimed at encouraging us to make regular visits to the dentist and instill healthy habits in our children to prevent dental decay.

Oral disease is a significant health concern at any age, but it is particularly dangerous for children. Developing bodies can be permanently damaged by untreated dental cavities. And oral disease has also been proven to impact children’s mental health, and their ability to succeed in school and adult life.

Kids with dental decay are typically tired, anxious, distracted and restless. They may experience chronic ear and sinus infections. They have a hard time recovering from colds, and are prone to respiratory diseases. The antibiotics and pain medications used to treat their ongoing infections can eventually cause liver damage and antibiotic resistance.

They are often malnourished simply because it hurts to chew. A diet of soft foods doesn’t provide good nutrition and can lead to obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Children with dental disease also have an elevated risk for serious oral health problems throughout their life. Their permanent teeth may be infected, badly misaligned or very fragile.

How many children are at risk?

In the U.S., according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), tooth decay affects:

Treatment of severe tooth decay can cost $10,000 per child and up to $25,000 in severe cases, especially if the child needs to be hospitalized and treated under general anesthesia.

The good news is that tooth decay is nearly 100 percent preventable with regular dental care, good hygiene, and a healthy lifestyle.

To prevent childhood dental disease, parents and caretakers can:

1: Start early – make an appointment with a pediatric or general dentist as soon as you see his or her first tooth, or around the child’s first birthday.

2: Continue getting regular preventive care. Also, ask your dentist about dental sealants, which greatly reduce the risk of dental decay.

3: Be a role model. Don’t skip your own dental checkups, and take good care of your own teeth.

4: Teach older kids to read food labels to check for added sugar, and encourage them to make healthier food choices.

5: Never ignore toothaches – take the child to the dentist ASAP.

“Every kid deserves to grow up with a healthy smile,” says Bill Chase, senior vice president of marketing at DentalPlans.com. “And with a dental savings plan, more families can afford regular dental care.”

With savings of 10-60% on most dental procedures from a nationwide network of dentists, including pediatric specialists, dental savings plans make dental care – from checkups and cleanings to fillings, sealants and braces – more affordable for all.

Find out how much your family can save with a dental savings plan today, at DentalPlans.com.

About DentalPlans.com

DentalPlans.com, founded in 1999, is a leading dental and health savings online marketplace in the U.S., helping more than a million people to affordably access quality healthcare services. Our mission is to empower consumers with the tools, information, and services that they need to live happier, healthier lives. www.dentalplans.com.

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