Preschoolers in Surgery for a Mouthful of Cavities

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Preschoolers in Surgery for a Mouthful of Cavities
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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 9:35am

What's wrong with these parents besides being lazy? Why subject your child to the trauma of having teeth filled?

I remember anxiously sitting in the waiting room for my DD's first check-up. I was more nervous than she was.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/06/health/rise-in-preschool-cavities-prompts-anesthesia-use.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

 


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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 10:28am
A lot of parents don't even realize that they should start taking their children to the dentist at age 1. They don't realize that not taking care of baby teeth can lead to problems with permanent teeth. They don't realize that leaving a baby with a bottle can contribute to decay of baby teeth. On top of that, many parents don't have dental coverage, so it make it that more difficult to get the education and treatment the kids need. When the kids haven't ever been to the dentist and then need to have a bunch of procedures done, the children are terrified, necessitating general anesthesia to be able to treat the child.

With my kids, I have done everything right and one of my girls has had to have a couple of cavities filled. Fortunately, since she had been doing to the dentist every six months since age 1, and I explain everything to her beforehand so she knows exactly what to expect, she has done extremely well with no anxiety or fits in the office.

When I was teaching in a low income area, one of my first grade students had black little nubs at the gum line. Every single one of his teeth had rotted to the nub. It was so sad because I knew that had to hurt terribly. We, at the school, made attempts to get him in to be seen by a dentist, but his mother never followed up during that school year, so I don't know what ever happened to him. Poor kid.
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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 11:21am
"Every single one of his teeth had rotted to the nub."
Poor little guy..
My DD never ate candy until she was given it at a b'day party. Even as a teen she'd make herself a salad for a snack.
Too many 'sweet rewards' available.

 


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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 11:34am

With dd, we started brushing her gums with this little rubber, finger cot thing when she started teething. I remember she would bite down on my finger occasionally. OUCH!!!! Then I got her a little toothbrush that I would let her play with while I brushed my teeth. In a way I'm really lucky, because I'm friends with my dental hygiensit. I mean really friends. I knew her when her dd was a baby and her dd is in hygienist school. So sometimes dd would come with me when I got my teeth cleaned and sit in my lap. When Michelle was done with me, she'd take clean instruments and say let's see if there are any sugar bugs in Lilys mouth, and Lily would open wide. She's had a couple of small cavities, but going to the dentist is no problem at all. She thinks they are all her buddies. They are so great at distracting her she has never even realized she has gotten a shot of novacaine. I wish every kid had an experience like my child.

Our biggest issue is teeth staining because we eat so many berries. Blackberries, blueberries, etc. We have vines on our fenceline and we pick and freeze them. They are dds favorite snack and I always forget to make her go brush afterwards.



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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 12:27pm
My DD had some staining too but it was caused by fluoride... Or at least that's what the dentist said.
If only coffee & tea didn't stain. :|

 


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I was lucky because my dentist gave me tons of info when I was pregnant. It also helps to have dental insurance - many employers don't offer it. My DD only has a couple of small filings. She does have a crown but that's due to doing a faceplant when she was coaching middle school volleyball!

My mom was also very conscientious about taking me.

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We just got dental insurance, this year, through husbands new job. So we had to pay everything out of pocket. Luckily the clinic we go to works on a sliding scale. Still, it was about $1,000 a year for all of us to have preventive care-cleaning and check ups. The fillings were more. The big expense was that I had a crown that needed replacing. I had to save up for that. By the time I had the money for it, the dentist told me I was lucky to come in when I did, had I waited much longer I would have needed a root canal. Husbands dental doesen't really cover regular maintenence. So we still have to pony up the $1,000 a year. But it does cover a signifigant portion of fillings, crowns, etc. Small blessings. But I know there are plenty of families, who in no way, could come up with that $1,ooo a year. As it is, we sacrifice quite a bit to do it. We don't have a lot of the little luxuries other



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Lots of people don't have dental insurance. My former dentist was reallly good at setting up payment plans, offering 10% off if you paid right away, etc. Sadly, he got married & moved out of state! :(

That said, I don't see how any parent could let their children's teeth get that bad! I know that around here they have special programs where children can go for free dental checkups & cleanings. They seem to run them about once a month & it's local dentists & hygienists doing the work pro-bono...at least they used to have that.

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"local dentists & hygienists doing the work pro-bono"
My dentist & his associates do the same thing but not only school children it's for anyone unable to afford dental work.

 


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In California, there was a program through the schools, that all Kindergarteners got a dental check up. You had a waiver signed by your dentist if your child had already seen one. I remember at Kindergarten Round Up, there were some dentists doing check ups, pro-bono. But I think Kindergarten is so late!

Dental care has a direct correlation to heart and kidney health. It's just so important. I know that for Medi-cal, dental was one of the things that was cut. I don't know if there is dental through Medi-care. It just seems penney wise and pound foolish to cut in this area, since dental health is important to overall physical health. We knew this in the VETERINARY industry over 20 years ago. It just seems foolish to neglect low income peoples (or anyones)



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My niece and my son's

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