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Children’s Dental Health Month at Community Kids Dental

Good dental health habits established early in life let kids grow up smiling, happy and confident. Celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month at Community Health in February helps us all spread the word that good oral health is important for kids too!

Community Health’s pediatric dentist, family dentists and pediatricians together focus on prevention and spotting the warning signs that could indicate a problem in the making. Community Kids Dental‘s Pediatric Dentist Dr. Safaa Ahmed said recognizing Children’s Dental Health Month is an important opportunity to highlight how oral health is a part of an individual’s overall health.

The theme of this year’s National Children’s Dental Health Month is “Sealants Make Sense,” and Dr. Ahmed agrees that sealants are one of the most successful methods for preventing decay especially in young permanent teeth.

“Adult molars first come in at six years old. You have your baby teeth, but you have that extra set of permanent molars. Children will eat their sticky foods and things are going to get stuck in the molar crevasses, and if you aren’t careful cleaning, it’s susceptible to get a cavity.” Applying a sealant to the molars can protect the permanent teeth for years to come.

"Sealants Make Sense" for Prevention and Protection of Young Teeth

Kids grow up so fast, and in addition to good oral habits sealants can protect teeth for a healthy life. Routine remains important even in times of Covid. Dental and primary care checkups should not be delayed. Dr. Ahmed said establishing a dental home for a child at Community Kids Dental and getting into a routine of prevention is the key.

The American Association for Pediatric Dentistry recommends that every child establish a dental home by one year of age so the child becomes familiar with the dentist and the surroundings.

“You want them to come at 12 months and check every six months to make sure they are doing everything correctly. If they have a cavity, we’ll catch it early,” she said. “We can do the treatment in the chair and it’s less traumatic for the child.”

In February, Community Health is celebrating Children’s Dental Health Month along with last month’s opening of Community Kids Dental, a dental practice dedicated to children. “I think we are going to make a real impact in the community,” said Dr. Ahmed. “We want to work within the community to better the oral health outcomes of the whole community.”

Community Health Pediatrics, Community Kids Dental and Community Dental work hand-in-hand on prevention and treatments.

Dentist attending to dental patient with assistant

For more information about Community Kids Dental call 802-772-4413, check our website or speak with your primary care provider or pediatrician about the benefits of good oral health for kids of all ages.

Community Health is Vermont’s largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), a network of primary care, pediatric, behavioral health, dental and pharmacy services with offices in Rutland, Brandon, Castleton, West Pawlet and Shoreham. Community Dental offices are located in Rutland and Shoreham; Community Kids Dental is in Rutland; Community Health Pediatrics is in Rutland and Behavioral Health services are available at all of our locations. Community Health Express Care Centers, open 7 days a week, are located at the Rutland and Castleton Community Health Centers. For career opportunities at Community Health’s network of health care services, check our Career Center.

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