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Pediatric Dentistry

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AAPD and Sunstar Provide Oral Health Care Tips on Modern Living with kathy ireland

CHICAGO, Illinois – During the segment, Kathy Ireland interviewed Marketing Manager Jess Magno and President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Robert L. Delarosa. In addition, AAPD spokesperson Dr. Mira Albert of Hinsdale, Ill., also participated in this segment by shooting video footage in her office.

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American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) Included in CNN.com Story

CHICAGO, Illinois – Dr. Paul Casamassimo, director of AAPDís Pediatric Oral Health Research & Policy Center, was interviewed by Nadia Kounang for an article based on analysis in Pediatrics regarding teething.

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AAPD and ADA Urge Improved CMS Oversight of Medicaid Dental Programs

CHICAGO, Illinois – In early January 2016, the AAPD and ADA sent two comment letters to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning the CMS regulation on Medicaid Programs: Methods for Assuring Access to Covered Medicaid Services issued on Nov. 2, 2015 (CMS-2328-FC).

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American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) Celebrating National Childrenís Dental Health Month

CHICAGO, Illinois – This February, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is celebrating National Childrenís Dental Health Month by hosting the Tournament of Tooth Care, showcasing how parents and caregivers can help their kids fend off the Mouth Monsters Ėa.k.a. tooth decay. Parents and caregivers can tune in to the Mouth Madness to learn how to help little teeth take on the Mouth Monsters one big game at a time.

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AAPD Included in Associated Press Article

CHICAGO, Illinois – An online story by the Associated Press on Jan. 25, reports that three out of four children covered by Medicaid in four states (California, Indiana, Louisiana and Maryland) didnít receive all required dental care over a recent two-year period, according to a report from the Health and Human Services inspector generalís office. The report states that one in four children didnít see a dentist at all, citing such reasons as too few dentists accepting Medicaid patients and a lack of education about the importance of proper dental care.

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AAPD Offers Tricks for a Tooth-Friendly Halloween

CHICAGO, Illinois – To help ward off cavities, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the leading authority on children's oral health, reminds parents and caregivers that it is important to pay attention to the types of treats children eat this Halloween.

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North Carolina Launches Head Start Dental Home Initiative

GREENSBORO, North Carolina – The North Carolina Head Start-State Collaboration Office and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), today announced the launch of the Head Start Dental Home Initiative to improve oral health for North Carolina children.

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Amalgam Fillings Don’t Affect Children’s Brain Development, Says Study in ADA Journal

CHICAGO, Illinois – Dental amalgam tooth fillings do not adversely affect children's brain development and neurological status, researchers report in the February issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

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Taking Kids to the Dentist as Part of Back to School Routine is Extremely Important, Say Parents

CHICAGO, Illinois – Young Dental has teamed up with Oral Health America's Fall for Smiles campaign to help Americans of all ages understand the importance of regular dental checkups and to emphasize that preventative care during a child's back to school visit is essential to overall health and well-being. According to a public opinion survey commissioned by Oral Health America, nine out of ten (89%) parents say taking their children to the dentist on a regular basis is extremely or very important. This regular trip to the dentist is an extremely or very important part of getting children ready to go back to school for just under two-thirds (63%) of parents.

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Parents Should be Warned: Fluoridated Water is Not Recommended for Infants

New study confirms bottle-fed babies are overexposed to fluoride
NEW YORK, New York – A new study confirms infants fed formula reconstituted with fluoridated water are at greater risk of developing discolored teeth (dental fluorosis). (1) The American Dental Association (ADA) warned dentists about this in 2006 but has done little or nothing to inform the nearly 200 million Americans who live in communities with fluoridated drinking water.

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American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry to Launch Illinois Head Start Dental Home Initiative

State gets a 'head start' on increasing access to dental care for underserved children

CHICAGO, Illinois – The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) today announces the launch of its Head Start Dental Home Initiative to benefit the one-in-three low-income children in the state of Illinois. The Initiative links children participating in Head Start programs to local dentists who will provide children with a "dental home" which will ensure that each child's oral health care is delivered in a comprehensive, ongoing, accessible, coordinated and family-centered way by a participating dentist. The AAPD-Head Start Dental Home Initiative also equips parents, caregivers and Head Start staff with the latest evidence-based information on the prevention of tooth decay and the establishment of a foundation for a lifetime of oral health.

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American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Encourages Parents to 'Get it Done in Year One' for a Lifetime of Healthy Smiles

Survey finds that 97 percent of parents aren't providing proper oral care for their infants

CHICAGO, Illinois – Parents will do anything to make their children smile, yet many are missing the preventive measures and specialized care needed to keep smiles healthy. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recently sponsored a survey to see what moms knew about proper oral health care for their children. The survey results found that a staggering number of moms are misinformed about the importance of infant dental visits and proper at-home care.

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National Children's Dental Health Month Puts Focus on Early Oral Care

CHICAGO, Illinois – National Children's Dental Health Month turned 60 this year. Each February, since 1949, the American Dental Association's (ADA) has sponsored National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.

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Elmo Teaches Children about Oral Health in Ready Set Brush!

CHICAGO, Illinois – Sesame Street's lovable Elmo is helping teach children how to brush their teeth in a new book called Ready, Set, Brush!. The book features images of Elmo, Cookie Monster, the Count and other Sesame Street Muppets in a pop-up book created to teach young children how to take care of their teeth. The book is the result of a collaborative effort between the American Dental Association (ADA) , Reader's Digest Children's Books and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street.

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American Dental Association Foundation Awards $300,000 Grant to Educate Pediatricians in Oral Health Care

CHICAGO, Illinois – The American Dental Association Foundation (ADAF) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) are pleased to announce a collaborative effort as a result of an ADAF grant that will help improve the oral health of children in a critical age group.

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A Reminder to Parents: Early Dental Visits Essential to Children's Health

CHICAGO, Illinois – February is National Children's Dental Health Month. It's sponsored each year by the American Dental Association (ADA) to raise awareness among families and policymakers about the critical importance to children of good practices of oral health. And for the sixth year in a row, the ADA opened the month with its national health outreach event, the ADA Give Kids A Smile campaign.

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Open Wide! Nation's Dentists Address Access With Free Care For Kids

CHICAGO, Illinois – February is National Children's Dental Health Month and on Feb. 1, more than 51,000 dental professionals will provide free dental services to more than 500,000 children from low-income families, at more than 2,000 sites nationwide. It's all part of the American Dental Association's (ADA) sixth annual Give Kids A Smile program, which offers educational materials, screenings and, where possible, free dental care such as cleaning, fluoride treatments, fillings and even more intensive care.

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Amalgam fillings don’t affect children’s brain development, says study in ADA Journal

CHICAGO, Illinois – Dental amalgam tooth fillings do not adversely affect children's brain development and neurological status, researchers report in the February issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

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AAPD Cites Ways to Prevent Risk for Children's Tooth Decay

CHICAGO, Illinois – The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the recognized leader in children's oral health, continues to emphasize that the way to decrease children's tooth decay is by visiting a dentist early on. The AAPD recommends that each child should have a dental home by his/her first birthday.

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ADA Foundation Requests Proposals to Improve Children’s Dental Health

CHICAGO, Illinois – The ADA Foundation has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to help improve children's oral health under its Samuel Harris Fund for Children's Dental Health. Proposals must be received by July 17, 2007.

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Grant Awarded to IU Dental School Extends Care Beyond “Give Kids a Smile” Day

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – The Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) will use a grant from the Delta Dental Foundation to provide additional free dental care to children who recently participated in the American Dental Association's nationwide Give Kids a Smile dental program for children in need.

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The American Dental Hygienists’ Association to Build upon ECC Prevention Efforts for National Children’s Dental Health Month

CHICAGO, Illinois – Building upon it's National Dental Hygiene Month efforts in October, the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) will continue to emphasize the importance of a good oral health care routine in the prevention of Early Childhood Caries (ECC), in recognition of National Children's Dental Health Month in February.

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Use Only Water In Sippy Cups Or Increase Cavity Risk

CHICAGO, Illinois – Most parents are well aware of the importance of taking care of their children's teeth, so it comes as a shock when they learn their toddlers have cavities during a checkup. Tooth decay among young children is on the rise—and many experts believe that sippy cups containing sugary beverages are responsible.

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Sucking On Pacifiers Has Negative And Positive Effects.

CHICAGO, Illinois – It's one of the hardest habits to break and can require a great deal of persuasion: Parents often struggle with weaning their child off of a pacifier.

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Dental Students to "Give Kids a Smile" Feb. 3

ANN ARBOR, Michigan – University of Michigan School of Dentistry dental and dental hygiene students will team up with faculty members to provide free oral health care services to children from low-income families on Saturday, February 3.

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Multnomah Dental Society Receives ADA Foundation Award To Help Improve Children's Dental Care

MILWAUKIE, Oregon – Multnomah Dental Society (MDS) will help improve children's dental care in the local community thanks to an award of $1,500 grant from the American Dental Association Foundation's (ADAF) Samuel Harris Fund.

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Dental Charity Gives Government Critics The Brush Off

WARWICKSHIRE, United Kingdom – The UK's leading oral health charity is backing a criticised Government campaign to improve brushing among children, saying ‘poor oral health routines cause more dental problems than lack of dentists'.

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Keep Tooth Decay Away With Healthy School Eats

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – With children heading back to school, the BC Dental Association (BCDA) suggests this is a good time for parents to plan for healthy lunches and snacks that can help prevent tooth decay. Parents are the best role models to show their children how to keep their teeth and mouth in good shape by instilling healthy eating and snacking habits.

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The American Dental Hygienists’ Association to Focus on Early Childhood Oral Health Care for 2006 National Dental Hygiene Month

CHICAGO, Illinois – The American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) announced today that for National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM) 2006 the celebration will focus upon early childhood caries (ECC). The first topic of the four-year theme “A Healthy Smile Lasts a Lifetime,” which will closely examine various oral afflictions to specific age groups throughout an individual's lifespan, ECC was selected in part because of the lasting effect they can have on a child's mouth.

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Dentists, Pediatricians Advise Parents to Discourage Their Children from Consuming Too Many Soft Drinks

CHICAGO, Illinois – The nation's children are consuming ever-greater amounts of soft drinks that could increase their risk for obesity and dental disease, caution the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In their annual back-to-school wellness message, the two health organizations advise parents to encourage their children to consume nutritious drinks in school and at home.

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‘Feel-Good’ Dental Hygiene Decision Puts Low-Income Kids at Risk for Long-Term Health Problems

WEST ALLIS , Wisconsin – The Wisconsin Legislature's decision to lower the standard of dental care by allowing reimbursement to dental hygienists for services provided without a professional exam, diagnosis and prescription from a licensed dentist does not address the urgent oral health care needs of low-income children and adults according to the 2,900-member Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA).

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A Good Sugar For Your Teeth

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Researchers presenting at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Annual Session in Cincinnati found a natural sweetener may not only improve the taste of gum and candies, it may also reduce tooth decay.

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Parenting Expert John Rosemond Says to Parents: “You Can Help Dental Visits Go Smoothly By Taking a Low-Key Approach”

CINCINNATI, Ohio – John Rosemond, a syndicated columnist and author of 11 best-selling parenting books, has easy-to-follow advice for parents whose children have anxieties about dental visits: “Don't worry about it. Let the dentist handle those fears. That's what the dentist is trained to do.”

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Preserving Your Baby’s Dental Health

CHICAGO, Illinois – When it comes to caring for an infant, most parents are well aware of the need for routine pediatrician visits as part of their baby's healthcare regimen. What's less well-recognized is the importance that early and regular dental care play. For optimal oral health, the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that dental visits begin with the appearance of a child's first tooth as an effective way to kick-start a lifelong program of preventing dental disease.

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Dental Charity Sinks Teeth Into Lib Dems Over Children Sweet Bribe

WARWICKSHIRE, United Kingdom – The UK's leading oral health charity today slammed ‘grossly irresponsible' Liberal Democrat officials for plans to bribe children into handing out election leaflets with free sweets.

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More Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Needed Among Dentists and Dental Hygienists

ANN ARBOR, Michigan – The results of a study conducted by a second-year dental student at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry may prompt dentists, dental hygienists, and other oral health care professionals to pay closer attention to their youngest patients who could be victims of child abuse and neglect.

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Tooth Decay In Young Children Increasing

CHICAGO, Illinois – The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the recognized leader in children's oral health, today emphasized that the frequency and duration of oral exposure to foods and drinks with large amounts of sugar should be given the same consideration as diet itself when it comes to preventing tooth decay and cavities in children.

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Richardson Elementary School Students Benefit From BCD Dental Program

DALLAS, Texas – Mark Twain Elementary School students are the beneficiaries of a partnership involving the Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry, the Dallas Dental Hygienists' Society and nurses from Richardson Independent School District that is aimed at preventing tooth decay and increasing oral health education.

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Florida Dentists To Give Needy Children Something To Smile About

TALLAHASSEE, Florida – Project: Dentists Care, a non-profit charitable organization of the Florida Dental Association, will provide free dental care and education to thousands of children throughout the state as part of the annual Give Kids A Smile event during Children's Dental Health Month in February. Project: Dentists Care utilizes a statewide network of volunteer dentists to provide services to people who would not otherwise be able to afford care. Project: Dentists Care's main objective is to build networks of volunteer dentists throughout Florida to increase access-to-care for the financially needy and uninsured.

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Kids With Cavities Overweight, Not Underweight

BUFFALO, New York – New evidence from pediatric dentists at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine has shown that, contrary to previous findings, most young children with decayed "baby" teeth are not underweight, and actually may be overweight or at risk of being overweight.

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Cavities: What’s the Catch?

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – As a child, you may have been taught that too much candy causes cavities. But the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) wants to let parents know that while sugar is one reason for cavities—you might be another reason.

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CBHEC Uses Mobile Dental Van To Assist Brooks County Children

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – South Texas for years has suffered from a shortage of physicians and dentists in rural and underserved areas. Indeed, even though there are several practicing pediatric dentists in the region, their number is insufficient to meet children's dental needs.

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Mass Dental Society Gives Birth to Program Educating New Parents on Infant Oral Care

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – As part of February's National Children's Dental Health Month, the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) has partnered with six hospitals in the state to teach new parents the importance of brushing up on their newborns' oral health.

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Henry Schein, ADA and Vendor Partners ''Give Kids a Smile''

MELVILLE, New York – As part of its ongoing effort to help reduce disparities in oral healthcare access and delivery, Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the largest distributor of healthcare products and services to office-based practitioners in the combined North American and European markets, partnered with the American Dental Association (ADA) for the fourth straight year to support Give Kids A Smile Day, a program that provided free oral health services to nearly a million underserved children in 2,000 communities across the country. This annual one-day initiative from the ADA enlisted some 40,000 dental team members, including more than 12,000 volunteer dentists, who this past Friday provided free educational, preventive and restorative services to children from low-income families.

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Diabetes Can Lead To Gum Disease In Childhood; Onset Is Younger Than Previously Recognized

NEW YORK, New York – New research from Columbia University Medical Center has shown that the destruction of the gums can start in diabetic children as young as six years old. While the link between diabetes and periodontal disease was previously established, it was believed that the regression of gums began much later and increased with age.

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What's In That School Lunch, Or Recess Snack?

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia – Nova Scotia's dentists are cautioning parents to be wary of the amount of sugar their children are consuming while at school. The main culprit? Soft drinks. "Most soft drinks in just a single can size contain about ten teaspoons of sugar," said Dr. Grahame Usher, a dentist and president of the Nova Scotia Dental Association. The sugar in soft drinks, combined with sugary school snacks like rolled fruit or chocolate bars, is resulting in increasing numbers of children with destructive tooth decay.

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Fluoride Varnish Helps Prevent Tooth Decay In Very Young Children

SAN FRANCISCO, California – Fluoride varnish, a dental preventive treatment, reduces the incidence of early childhood tooth decay in combination with dental health counseling for parents, according to a study by investigators at the UCSF School of Dentistry.

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Children's Oral Health - More Vigilance Needed

ANN ARBOR, Michigan – February is national Children's Dental Health Month, and a new study from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry shows that oral health care professionals, as well as teachers and parents, need to pay closer attention to a child's oral health since it plays a major role in their general health, quality of life, and even academic achievement.

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American Dental Hygienists’ Association Emphasizes Tooth Decay Prevention for Kids

CHICAGO, Illinois – In observance of National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM) in February, the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) emphasizes the importance of preventive dental hygiene care to prevent tooth decay for children due to several unique factors affecting younger Americans.

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Kids Can Learn About Oral Care At Celebration of Smiles

PORTLAND, Oregon--Children should brush their teeth for two minutes for maximum benefit, and the best times to brush are after breakfast and before bed. Babies aged 8 to 23 months can actually "catch" cavities from their mothers via a bacteria known as streptococcus mutans, so a new mother's oral health is critical.

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Dental Caries and Obesity in Children: Research Points to Common Cause

BOSTON, Massachusetts – Sitting and snacking on treats in front of the television for several hours a day increases a child's risk of developing … dental decay? Many would probably have finished that sentence with the word, "obesity." Actually, both versions are correct, according to Carole A. Palmer, EdD, RD, professor of general dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. In an article entitled, "Dental Caries and Obesity in Children: Different Problems, Related Causes," Palmer shares some insights about possible relationships between obesity and dental decay in children.

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Give Kids A Smile is February 3, 2006

ALBANY, New York – You can register your GKAS program through the day of the event, however the product request deadline is December 1. To request products, register online by Dec. 1 at www.ada.org/goto/gkas. Requests are processed after Dec. 1 and product recipients will be notified by mid-January.

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Dental Home Resource Center Becomes Reality

CHICAGO, Illinois – The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the recognized leader in children's dental health, is pleased to announce the launch of the Dental Home Resource Center at www.aapd.org

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Parents' Oral Health Can Affect Children's Health

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Bacteria in your mouth can affect your child's oral health, according to the British Columbia Dental Association (BCDA). Infants acquire more mutans streptococci, the bacteria that cause cavities and tooth decay, from their mothers' saliva than from any other source.

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Province, Dentists Work To Reduce Child Tooth Decay

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Prevention of childhood tooth decay is the aim behind a new provincewide awareness campaign developed in partnership with the BC Dental Association, announced Health Minister George Abbott today.

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Keep your Little Monster's Teeth Away From Harm this Halloween

CHICAGO, Illinois – The National Confectioners Association states that 93 percent of children will go trick or treating this year and return home with bags full of sugary candy that can turn anyone's mouth into a nightmare. By taking a few preventive steps, however, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) believes your children can enjoy Halloween without harming their teeth.

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Five simple things parents can do for their kids' oral health at Halloween

TORONTO, Ontario – The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) and the Ontario government say Halloween doesn't have to be a scary time for your children's teeth.

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Breast Milk Causes More Cavities than Cow Milk

ROCHESTER, New York – In a comparison of fluids fed to infants and toddlers – cola, sucrose drinks, honey, human milk, cow milk and water – researchers found that cola, sucrose and honey were by far the worst for young teeth and that human milk caused significantly more cavities than cow milk.

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Dental Professionals to Provide Free Oral Health Exams to Head Start Children

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – Approximately 600 three and four-year-olds enrolled in the Milwaukee Public Schools and Social Development Commission Head Start programs will receive free dental exams, cleanings and fluoride treatments on Oct. 1, 2005 from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Marquette University School of Dentistry (MUSoD) 1801 W. Wisconsin Ave., in Milwaukee and Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC), 800 Main St., in Pewaukee.

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Study Explores Dental Care Needs of Child Sex Abuse Victims

CHICAGO, Illinois – Certain aspects of dental treatment can remind victims of childhood sexual abuse of their past ordeal, boosting their anxiety levels and often leading to missed appointments, according to a study published in the September issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA).

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Back-To-School…Essentials for Healthy Teeth & Smiles

CHICAGO, Illinois – New clothes, a new backpack and a haircut are necessities when getting ready for the new school year. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) believes keeping a bright and healthy smile should also be on the back-to-school checklist, especially since new reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that 65 percent of adolescents aged 16 to 19 years have had tooth decay or fillings in their permanent teeth.

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Some Children Facing Bone Marrow Transplant Risk Serious Infection Due to Dental Problems

MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Many children who undergo bonemarrow transplantation (BMT) as part of cancer treatment already have dentalabnormalities that leave them vulnerable to potentially life-threateningbacterial infections, according to investigators at St. Jude Children'sResearch Hospital. A report on this study appears in the prepublication onlineedition of Bone Marrow Transplantation.

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Good oral health important component of mother and child health

FERNEY-VOLTAIRE, France – In recognition of World Health Day 2005, theWorld Dental Federation notes that good oral health is key to thisyear's theme "Make Every Mother and Child Count".

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MouthPower™ Online passes 10,000 visitors

BALTIMORE, Maryland – More than 10,000 visitors have discovered the POWER of a healthy smile by logging onto MouthPower™ Online (www.mouthpower.org), an interactive, educational web experience presented by The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry (NMD) and the American Dental Association (ADA).

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Reaching out to underserved children in childcare

ROCHESTER, New York – The Teledentistry Project is a novel approach to help inner city families easily access the oral health treatment they need for their children in childcare. Its goal is to develop a new strategy for the prevention and early detection of early childhood caries (ECC).

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Drop The Pop And Take A Bite Out Of Tooth Decay

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Along with childhood diabetes and obesity, too much sugar in today's food and drink choices, including pop, is a major risk factor for tooth decay in children and teenagers. Reducing the chances of tooth decay through healthy eating habits is the BC's dentists message during this year's Oral Health Month.

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ADA Foundation Issues Request for Proposals to Improve Children's Oral Health

CHICAGO, Illinois – The American Dental Association Foundation (ADAF) has issued a request for proposals (RFP), helping to improve children's oral health under its Samuel Harris Fund for Children's Dental Health. The RFP is for 2006 projects.

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25,000 Children Receive Free Dental Care

SACRAMENTO, California – More than 25,000 California children are smiling a bit wider today, due to free dental care provided by more than 600 California Dental Association (CDA) dental professionals. The CDA members donated their time throughout the month of February as part of Children's Dental Health Month in California.

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Give Kids A Smile! Day Not Just A One-Day Event In Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The official event is the first Friday of each February, but for many members of the Ohio Dental Association (ODA), Give Kids A Smile! Day – a children's dental access to care program – goes far beyond one day. ODA president-elect Dr. Joseph Crowley, a member of the Cincinnati Dental Society, said multiple screening and treatment events were held in Cincinnati this year, and more are under consideration.

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Ontario Health Minister Kicks Off Brush-a-Mania 2005

TORONTO, Ontario – Over 37,000 elementary school children gathered in gymnasiums across Ontario this morning for the launch of the annual Brush-a-Mania oral health program sponsored by the Rotary Club and the Toronto Dental Academy, affiliated with the Ontario Dental Association.

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National Facial Protection Month

CHICAGO, Illinois – Nearly 60,000 people injure their faces annually while playing baseball and more than 100,000 people suffer facial injuries from bicycle accidents. This month enhances public awareness of facial protection and specialized treatment for facial injuries, at least half of which are in children.

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Dental Society Again Funds Fluoride Treatments for Dane County Youth

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – The 266-member Dane County Dental Society (DCDS) has continued its 30-plus year commitment to children's oral health with another $4,000 donation to the Dane County Division of Public Health Fluoride Supplement Program to help area youngsters, ages six months to 14 years, receive the treatments necessary to help fight dental disease.

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Cavity prevention tips for pre-school age children

CHICAGO, Illinois – Providing proper care and oral hygiene during preschool years can mean a lifetime of good oral health, according to a recent article in the January/February issue of General Dentistry, clinical, peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), an organization of general dentists dedicated to continuing education.

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How to find a kid-friendly dentist and dental office

CHICAGO, Illinois – Although more parents know about the importance of age-one dental visits, many parents may still wonder about what kind of dentist can provide care for their child. An article in the February issue of AGD Impact, the newsmagazine of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), provides suggestions on what to look for in a dentist and what to expect when dental offices treat children.

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USC Dental Researchers Develop First Test for Predicting Cavities in Children

LOS ANGELES, California – A simple saliva test can predict for the first time whether children will get cavities, how many cavities they will get and even which teeth are most vulnerable, University of Southern California researchers say.

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AAPD Foundation to Announce New Developments in Perinatal Oral Health Care

CHICAGO, Illinois – At its upcoming Annual Meeting in Orlando, the AAPD Foundation will announce two exciting new initiatives in the area of perinatal oral health care. First, the AAPD is the recipient of a 5-year, $1 million grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration. Second, details of the much anticipated "New Parent Kit" will be revealed. Both of these achievements mark unprecedented advancements in the area of perinatal oral health care.

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Teens: Watch Your Mouth

CHICAGO, Illinois – More than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental-related illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say that dental caries are the most common chronic disease of children aged 5 to 17. While younger children attend appointments with their parents, teens take more control over their free time and may not spend time for dental check-ups.

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Treating Children

CHICAGO, Illinois – Is your dental office a child-friendly zone? The February issue of Academy of General Dentistry's AGD Impact explores ways some dentists are facilitating relationships between themselves and their youngest patients.

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IU School of Dentistry Helps IDA ‘Give Kids a Smile

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana- For many low-income families, seeking a routine dental check-up or critical dental treatment for their children may be a hardship. On Friday, February 4, the American Dental Association, the Indiana Dental Association, and the IU School of Dentistry would like to help through "Give Kids a Smile – National Children's Dental Access Day."

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Wisconsin Dentists to Provide Free Care for Third Annual ‘Give Kids A Smile’

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – More than 280 Wisconsin dentists, with help from hundreds of dental hygienists and assistants, dental school students and faculty and community volunteers, will donate an estimated $500,000 in oral health care education and services to 2,200 of the state's low-income children on Feb. 4, 2005 and throughout National Children's Dental Health Month in support of the third annual Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) national children's dental access day.

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OHSU Sponsors Celebration of Smiles Event at Portland Children's Museum

PORTLAND, Oregon – Hundreds of children were on hand on Saturday, Jan 31, 2005, for the unveiling of Wally Gator's "extreme makeover" at the annual Celebration of Smiles Day. Wally Gator is an alligator-shaped dental chair designed to help children learn about good dental care.

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Tooth Fairy regular visitor in Canadian homes

OTTAWA, Ontario – Yes Virginia, there is a tooth fairy at least in Canada. In a recent public survey conducted by the Canadian Dental Association, only 14% of respondents disapproved of the traditional nocturnal visits of the dental imp where legend dictates that she leaves behind coins in return for baby teeth to build a palace for the tooth queen. In fact, a full 25% of surveyed adults reported a belief in the fairy herself.

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Teen Years Tough On Teeth Hormones, Other Factors To Blame For Wreaking Havoc On Oral Health

PARSIPPANY, New Jersey – Preteen and teen years may prove some of the toughest for teeth. While every stage of life brings a new set of oral health issues, the mouth is often beset by unique combinations of internal and external factors such as hormones, social pressures and lifestyle changes, often converging with deleterious effects on teeth.

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Dentists Bite Down on Rising Levels of Dental Decay and Give Kids a Reason to Smile

SACRAMENTO, California – A chance at improved oral health and free dental care is certain to give both children and their parents a smile. In an effort to increase awareness about the importance of oral care and to serve the underserved, California Dental Association's (CDA) member dentists will celebrate Februarys National Childrens Dental Health Month by offering their time and services to children statewide.

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Why are child cavity rates so high in Canada's north?

OTTAWA, Ontario – A study published in the current edition of the JCDA (Journal of the Canadian Dental Association) found, that in a surveyed group of young children in a northern Manitoba community, preschool kids had an average of 13 baby teeth that were either decayed or had been filled or extracted.

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UMDNJ Offers Free Dental Services Through Statewide Give Kids A Smile! Campaign

NEWARK, New Jersey – Dental health professionals at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) are offering free preventive and emergency dental care to medically disadvantaged children under age 12 on February 2 and February 4.

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Free, Fun Dental Health Activities Await Children at 15th Annual Smile Day

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – The Greater Milwaukee Dental Association will celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month by hosting its 15th annual Smile Day at Discovery World, the James Lovell Museum of Science, Economics and Technology, 815 N. James Lovell St., in downtown Milwaukee on Feb. 12, 2005, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Children under 15 years of age will be admitted free.

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Massachusetts Dental Society Dentists Giving Children in Need a Reason to Smile

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – On February 4, 2005, hundreds of Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) member dentists throughout the state will be among thousands of dentists around the country providing local children from low-income families free dental services ranging from screenings and dental exams to any necessary follow-up treatment as part of the American Dental Association's third annual Give Kids a Smile Day.

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Xlear’s Spry Infant Tooth Gel Recognized as Top 100 Product for 2004

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Xlear, Inc., a leading manufacturer of xylitol products, today announced that its SpryTM Infant Tooth Gel has been recognized as a 2004 Top 100 product by Dental Products Report (DPR), a leading dental industry publication. The tooth gel was recognized in DPRs annual Trends in Dentistry issue published in December. Over the course of a year, DPR features an average of 1,000 new products. The Top 100 products are determined by the response they generate from the publications readers and their innovation as determined by the publications editors.

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Dr. Fresh Introduces Innovative Toothbrush To Aid Children In Learning Brushing Techniques

BUENA PARK, California – Dr. Fresh, one of the fastest growing toothbrush manufacturers in the world, has introduced a highly innovative means for parents to educate their children in complying with appropriate brushing techniques. Its new Fire Fly toothbrush, specially designed for children ages 2 to 8, is the first illuminated toothbrush and features a 60-second flashing timer. The one-minute interval is considered the amount of time necessary for a good thorough brushing by a conscientious young brusher.

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Give Kids A Smile! Brings Healthy Smiles to New Jersey's Special Olympics Athletes

LAWRENCEVILLE, New Jersey – Young athletes involved with Special Olympics New Jersey will have lots of extra reasons to smile this season when Give Kids A Smile! (GKAS) comes to town on February 2, 2005, in conjunction with February's Children's Dental Health Month.

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WDA, Milwaukee Bucks Promote Children’s Oral Health

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – The Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) and Milwaukee Bucks, Inc. have launched Bangos Brushin Buddies, a new incentive-based program for youngsters, ages 5 16, to help promote good oral hygiene.

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NJDA and UMDNJ team to bring free dental care to New Jersey’s underprivileged children for third year

NORTH BRUNSWICK, New Jersey – The New Jersey Dental Association (NJDA) and the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) are joining forces to offer free dental care to underprivileged children on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, as part of the Give Kids A Smile! (GKAS) National Children's Dental Access Day. The one-day event is part of the national month-long Children's Dental Health Month.

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Protect Your Trick-or-Treater's Teeth

TORONTO, Ontario – The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) says Halloween doesn't have to be a scary time for your children's teeth.

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No need to say "Boo!" to Halloween traditions, say Chicago area dentists

CHICAGO, Illinois – Trick-or-treaters who visit the homes of dentists this Halloween have a 57% chance of getting something sweet to eat, according to a poll conducted this month by the Chicago Dental Society. In a survey of 200 members, the society found that the majority would be handing out candy this Halloween, beating out toothbrushes (19%), fruit (1%) and non-edible items such as stickers and crayons (11%).

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Cavities Can Be Spooky If You Don't Brush And Floss Properly This Halloween Says State Dental Group

SACRAMENTO, California – California Dental Association (CDA) Dentists Unmask Cavity Causing Candies this Halloween. Before parents dress their children as a ghost, goblin, or other scary creature this Halloween, California Dental Association (CDA) dentists want parents to know the creepy things that candy and sweets can do to a childs teeth.

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Children’s Dental Care Course Announced

CHICAGO, Illinois – The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) are co-sponsoring a course to provide general dentists and pediatric dentists with the most up-to-date knowledge in the current concepts of pediatric dentistry. The three-day course will be held at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, from November 11-13.

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Dental Professionals to Provide Free Oral Health Exams to Head Start Children

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – Approximately 600 three and four-year-olds enrolled in the Milwaukee Public Schools and Social Development Commission Head Start programs will receive free dental screenings, cleanings and fluoride treatments on Oct. 9, 2004 from 9 a.m. 1 p.m. at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) hygiene clinic, 700 W. Highland Ave. in Milwaukee, and Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC), 800 Main Street in Pewaukee.

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Children With Down Syndrome at Higher Risk for Severe Gum Disease

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – Approximately one out of every 800 to 1,100 births results in an extra chromosome of the twenty-first group called Trisomy 21, or Down Syndrome (DS). Although the incidence of dental cavities in persons with DS has been reported to be low, early severe periodontal disease is often seen in children. In fact, 90 to 96 percent of those with Down Syndrome will have periodontal disease by early adulthood.

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WDA Dentist Joins Celebrities to Launch 2004 Stamp Out Spit Tobacco Message

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – Milwaukee Brewers Wes Helms and Lyle Overbay, television analyst Bill Schroeder and Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) member and Marquette University School of Dentistry associate dean Denis P. Lynch, DDS, PhD kick-off the fourth year of the award-winning Stamp Out Spit Tobacco Education Program today at 11:15 a.m. at Deer Creek Elementary School in St. Francis.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities Joins Oral Health America in Combating Children’s Oral Disease

CHICAGO, Illinois – Oral Health America (OHA) is the recipient of a one-year grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) in support of Smiles Across America school-based oral health services in five locations across the country. The $95,000 award will fund oral health services and supplies for uninsured children in Chicago; Las Vegas; Santa Clara County, CA; Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN; and in the state of Maine.

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First-Year Students Teach Oral Health Care at "Countdown to Kindergarten"

BOSTON, Massachusetts--Ten first-year Boston University School of Dental Medicine (BUSDM) students volunteered August 31 at the Boston Children's Museum to teach throngs of excited kindergartners how to brush, floss, and care for their teeth.

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Wausau Dentists to Provide Education, Screening and Sealants to Marathon Co. Students

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – As school bells signal the start of the new academic year, the dental team at First Impressions, S.C. is preparing to return to Marathon County elementary classrooms to again provide free oral health instruction, dental screenings and sealants.

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Give School Lunches and Teeth Some Food for Thought

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) wants to give parents a little something to chew on—That is, what children eat during the day and how often they eat can have a big impact on their oral health and therefore, their overall health.

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Wisconsin Dental Association Announces Smile Contest Winners

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – More than 210 children, ages newborn to 16 years, displayed their pearly whites at the Wisconsin Dental Associations (WDA) 16th annual Smile Contest last Friday, Aug. 13, 2004 at the Wisconsin State Fair. First, second and third place prizes were awarded to the following children in seven age categories and a special tin grin competition for youngsters wearing braces:

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Experts Offer Back-to-School Meal and Snacking Advice

CHICAGO, Illinois – With an estimated 54 million students heading back to the nations elementary and high schools, the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) remind parents that what their children eat, and how often they eat, have a dramatic impact on their oral and overall health.

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CDA Foundation & L.A. Oral Health Foundation Continue LA Pediatric Oral Health Access Program

SACRAMENTO, California--The California Dental Association Foundation (CDA Foundation) is pleased to announce that it will continue the Los Angeles Pediatric Oral Health Access Program in partnership with the Los Angeles Oral Health Foundation and the California Society of Pediatric Dentists. The program is intended to increase access to care for underserved children and children with developmental or physical disabilities in Los Angeles County.

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Back-to-School Dental Checkups Make the Grade

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) is encouraging parents to do their homework and make dental checkups a regular part of their children's back-to-school routine. Tooth decay is still the most chronic childhood disease and, if left untreated, can impair a child's ability to eat, speak, sleep, and learn.

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Milwaukee Brewers Announcer to Serve as Smile Judge

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – Children, ages birth to 16 years, are invited to compete for the best smile at the Wisconsin Dental Associations (WDA) 16th annual Smile Contest on Friday, Aug. 13 at the Wisconsin State Fair. Milwaukee Brewers radio announcer Jim Powell and Greater Milwaukee Dental Association President Dr. Thomas Raimann are just two of the judges who will evaluate the smiles of youngsters from across the state and name the winners.

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2003 Children's Dental Health Survey

LONDON, England – Commenting on todays publication of the preliminary findings of the 2003 Childrens Dental Health Survey, the British Dental Association (BDA) has raised concerns over the lack of significant improvement in the percentage of five-year-olds suffering serious decay, though the oral health of older children has improved.

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Latest Edition of Pediatric Dentistry Book Affirms Popularity, Widespread Use

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana-Dentistry for the Child and Adolescent has been released in its 8th editionmaintaining its wide appeal as a pediatric dentistry textbook across the country. In its seventh edition, released in 2000, the textbook became the pediatric dentistry text with the most editions in the nation.

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L.A. Kids to "Open Wide and Trek Inside"

LOS ANGLES, California – Following the lead of extraterrestrial Exee from the planet Y, local elementary school children will be poking around in their mouths and discovering whats inside thanks to a new USC campus and community collaboration.

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Sealant Grant

LOS ANGELES, California – Backed by support from a new $140,000 grant, the USC School of Dentistry preventive sealant project will be reaching out to an additional 1,200 area schoolchildren-a five-fold increase from the previous year's effort.

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Something To Smile About: $28,000 Raised In 2004 Dental Fundraiser To Help Treat Low-Income BC Children

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – More children will have something to smile about this year when they receive free dental care through Save a Smile, a unique program of the Association of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia.

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Patients, Providers, Inadequate Funding Among Factors Keeping Underserved Children Out of the Dentist’s Chair

CHICAGO, Illinois – Children in the Peachtree State who need dental care and depend on Medicaid coverage face a big cavity in their search for a dentist who will treat them, according to findings of a telephone survey released today by Oral Health America.

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AAPD Announces $1 Million Gift From Ultradent Products to Launch First-ever Leadership Institute

CHICAGO, Illinois – The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the recognized leader in childrens dental health, announced today a new partnership between the AAPD Foundation, Ultradent Products, Inc. and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Governor’s ‘Healthy Kids’ Oral Health Initiatives Get Mixed Reviews from State Dental Organization

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – The Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) greeted the oral health priorities for children outlined today by Gov. Jim Doyle in the final section of his KidsFirst initiative with mixed feelings.

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"First 5 California" to spend $10 million for children's dental care

SACRAMENTO, California--A California children and families commission unveiled a $10 million statewide initiative Wednesday to improve dental care for children 5 years old and younger.

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First 5 California Invests $10 Million to Prevent Most Prevalent Chronic Disease of Early Childhood

LOS ANGELES, California – At the 2004 National Oral Health Conference today, Rob Reiner announced First 5 California's $10 million investment statewide to improve the oral health of children ages 0 to 5, making it the biggest single effort of its kind targeted specifically to young children.

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Dental Care: From Urgent to Routine

ROCHESTER, New York – Eastman Dental Center, partnering with Strong's Social Work Division, received a five-year, $250,000 grant from Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children.

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Has Behavior Guidance for Children Changed?

CHICAGO, Illinois – From changes in parenting styles and family dynamics to shifts in predoctoral and postdoctoral curriculum, the art of managing a childs behavior in the dental setting has continued to evolve. Today, what was once considered appropriate management techniques for a child may no longer be acceptable.

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Orange County Dental Society Rolls into San Juan Capistrano to Offer Follow Up Care to Local Kids

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, California – Determined to not leave one child behind from its previous oral health screening, the Orange County Dental Society (OCDS) member dentists have partnered with The Dentists Insurance Company (TDIC) to offer comprehensive follow-up dental treatment to the children of the San Juan Elementary School in San Juan Capistrano on April 19 to 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The OCDS is part of the California and American Dental Associations.

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Lack of Access Among Factors Keeping Underserved Children Out of the Dentist's Chair

CHICAGO, Illinois – Chicago children who need dental care and depend on Medicaid coverage face a big cavity in their search for a dentist who will treat them, according to findings of a telephone survey released today by Oral Health America.

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Fizzy drinks prime factor behind teenagers' tooth erosion

LONDON, England – A new study has identified fizzy drinks as the prime factor behind increasing tooth erosion among Britain's teenagers. Research published in the new edition of the British Dental Journal (BDJ) says that the consumption of carbonated drinks increases the chances of a 12-year-old suffering tooth erosion by 59 per cent. Heavy consumption of such drinks, drinking four or more glasses per day, increased a 12-year-old's chances of suffering erosion even more; by a massive 252 per cent.

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New WDA TV Spots Hammer Home ‘Sip All Day, Get Decay’ Message

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – Now in its second year, the Wisconsin Dental Associations (WDA) healthy choices public relations campaign continues to focus on the Sip All Day, Get Decay message with new 10 and 30-second television spots.

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Oregon Dental Association Provides Free Dental Services to 1,200 Kids

PORTLAND, Oregon – More than 1,200 Oregon children received free dental services for the second consecutive year thanks to Give Kids A Smile National Access Day held during National Children's Dental Health Month (February). An estimated one million children received free dental care nationwide.

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California Dental Association Increases Kids "Smile-Age" During its "Give Kids a Smile" Campaign in February

SACRAMENTO, Califorfinia – More Than 1,742 Volunteer Dental Professionals Participate During Childrens Dental Health Month. More than $300,000 Worth of Dental Care Donated by Volunteer Dentists. More than 28,700 children in California are smiling a bit wider today, thanks to over 1,742 volunteer dental professionals organized by the California Dental Association (CDA), who helped make its Give Kids a Smile Project a resounding success statewide.

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New Web Site Answers Questions Regarding Tots’ Teeth

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) has launched the Totline on its Web site, giving parents and others the opportunity to ask dentists questions concerning childrens oral health matters.

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FDA Member Dentists Help Give Kids a Smile!

TALLAHASSEE, Florida – February is National Children's Dental Health Month, and this year, the Florida Dental Association will sponsor a special event - "Give Kids a Smile Day!" on Friday, Feb. 21.

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Give Kids A Smile Day Provides Free Dental Services to One Million Kids for Second Consecutive Year

CHICAGO, Illinois – An estimated one million children received free dental services for the second consecutive year thanks to Give Kids A Smile National Access Day (GKAS) events held during National Children's Dental Health Month (February).

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Age-one dental visits may help prevent problems down the road

CHICAGO, Illinois – Many parents may not know their one-year-olds are ready for their first dental checkup, but more and more dentists agree that the earlier children visit the dentist, the better.

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Toothprints® Dental Identification Tracks and Identifies Missing Children

SAN JOSE, California – Like fingerprints, dental imprints are unique to every person, so bite impressions can serve as an accurate method of identification. Toothprints are especially important now because the successful fight against tooth decay has left many children without cavities and, thus, no dental records.

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Free, Fun Dental Health Activities Await Children at 14th Annual Smile Day

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – The Greater Milwaukee Dental Association will celebrate National Childrens Dental Health Month by hosting its 14th annual Smile Day at Discovery World, the James Lovell Museum of Science, Economics and Technology, 815 N. James Lovell St., in downtown Milwaukee on Feb. 14, 2004, from 10 a.m. 3 p.m. Children under 15 years of age will be admitted free.

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Dentists Give Kids a Smile with free education, care in February

SEATTLE, Washington – Dentists around the state will offer free services for children, from education to screening to full treatment, in February as part of the Washington State Dental Association's second annual Give Kids a Smile Month.

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Olahoma Children to Celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma – February is National Children's Dental Health Month. To celebrate, dentists from across the state will be spending their time educating children about good oral health care.

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Children's Access to Dental Care Tips on Finding Preventive Care for Children's Oral Health

CHICAGO, Illinois – More than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental-related illnesses. Despite these numbers, many children still do not visit the dentist. In addition, almost 50 percent of tooth decay remains untreated in low-income children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In honor of National Children's Dental Health Month in February, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) offers parents resources for dental care options.

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Take Care of Your Teeth and Your Teeth Will Take Care of You

CHICAGO, Illinois – Women with gum disease are seven times more likely to have a baby born too early and too small.

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What's the Going Rate for the Tooth Fairy?

CHICAGO, Illinois – In preparation for the Chicago Dental Society's 139th annual Midwinter Meeting, which will draw more than 30,000 dental professionals to Chicago this year, Society members were asked about their own dental habits, pressing issues such as the tooth fairy, favorite fictional dentists, and more. More than 600 of the Society's member dentists responded to the fall 2003 survey.

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Dentists' Top 10 Tips for Parents

CHICAGO, Illinois – It is just as important for children to take care of their teeth as it is for adults. The Chicago Dental Society surveyed more than 600 of its members to gather tips about how parents might best educate their kids about the importance of the dentist and good oral health. Here are the top 10 tips to help make trips to the dentist something kids enjoy rather than fear.

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Give Kids a Smile: Taking a Bite Out of Children's Dental Disease

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma – On February 6, 2004 over 50 Oklahoma Dental Association (ODA) member dentists will participate in the second annual Give Kids A Smile Day, by providing free care to hundreds of pre-selected Oklahoma children. Give Kids A Smile is a one-day volunteer initiative to provided free services such as professional dental cleanings, fillings, screenings, and educational materials to children from low-income families.

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Dental Professionals Mobilized to Provide Free Services to Nation's Children

CHICAGO, Illinois – More than 35,000 dental professionals are poised to provide free dental services to the nation's under served children on the American Dental Association's (ADA) Give Kids A Smile/National Children's Dental Access Day (GKAS), scheduled for February 6.

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Hundreds of Local Dentists Taking A Bite Out of Children's Dental Disease

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – SouthboroughFebruary is National Children's Dental Health Month. In observance of this event, hundreds of dentists across Massachusetts will be participating in the American Dental Association's second annual Give Kids a Smile Day beginning February 6, 2004.

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Oregon Dental Association Sponsors Statewide Check-Up for Kids

PORTLAND, Oregon – Oregon dentists will certainly give kids a smile on Friday, February 6, by offering free dental services and education to children of low-income families. The Oregon Dental Association (ODA) will join thousands of dental professionals across the country help underserved youth in America who aren't getting the oral health care they need. This annual nationwide event is sponsored by the American Dental Association during National Children's Dental Health Month to highlight access to care awareness for policy makers. Additional information about the program is found on the American Dental Association website: www.ada.org

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Oregon Dental Association Sponsors Statewide Check-Up for Kids

PORTLAND, Oregon – Oregon dentists will certainly give kids a smile on Friday, February 6, by offering free dental services and education to children of low-income families. The Oregon Dental Association (ODA) will join thousands of dental professionals across the country help underserved youth in America who aren't getting the oral health care they need. This annual nationwide event is sponsored by the American Dental Association during National Childrens Dental Health Month to highlight access to care awareness for policy makers. Additional information about the program is found on the American Dental Association website: www.ada.org

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ODA Members to Toothprint 4000 Kids for GKAS! Day Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A grant from the Delta Dental Plan of Ohio will go a long way towards helping members of the Ohio Dental Association (ODA) – and ultimately thousands of Ohio children and their parents – with the means to potentially identify a missing child, or worse, an unidentified body.

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Skipping Breakfast Ups Tooth Decay Risk for Children, Study Says

CHICAGO, Illinois – Caregivers should beware that young children who skip breakfast might be fattening their chances of experiencing tooth decay, according to a study in this month's Journal of the American Dental Association.

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Volunteers help NJ children defeat America’s most common childhood disease

NORTH BRUNSWICK, New Jersey – Next month will mark the second year that the American Dental Association's national Give Kids A Smile! (GKAS) program comes to New Jersey. The program is aimed at giving kids the tools and knowledge to prevent tooth decay, which is the single most common chronic childhood disease in America, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. It's five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever. The program also puts a spotlight on the need for better access to dental care in New Jersey.

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Smile Saver Stocking Stuffers

SACRAMENTO, California – As consumers rally to complete their holiday gift shopping lists, California dentists say there are plenty of new oral health products on the market that can make even the Scrooge smile brightly.

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NJDA, ADA and Crest team to bring free dental care to New Jersey’s underprivileged children for second year

NORTH BRUNSWICK, New Jersey – The New Jersey Dental Association (NJDA), the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Crest Healthy Smiles 2010 program are once again joining forces to offer one day of free dental care to underprivileged children. In New Jersey, the Give Kids A Smile! (GKAS) National Children's Dental Access Day will take place on Wednesday, February 4, 2004. The one-day event is part of the national month-long Children's Dental Health Month.

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Choose the tap, not the bottle, say dental experts

LONDON, England – Children who drink bottled water rather than fluoridated tap water may miss out on the levels of fluoride they need to protect their teeth from dental decay, according to new research published in the new edition of the British Dental Journal (BDJ).

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MDS Teams With McDonald's and Mass. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

BOSTON, Massachusetts – Chew on this: tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in the United States, and dental screenings in Cambridge, Lawrence and Boston have found that more than 40 percent of children needed restorative dental care.*

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Halloween Tips from the Dentist

OTTAWA, Ontario – Along with costume preparation, pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating, being prepared to care for your teeth, with all the food and candy of the holiday, is a must. According to the Canadian Dental Association, kids (and adults who can't keep their hands out of the candy bowl!) can avoid a mouthful of November cavities by following some simple advice:

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Poorer parents favour fillings

LONDON, England – Parents in less affluent areas are more likely to believe that their children should have problem teeth removed. That's according to research being published in the new edition of the British Dental Journal (BDJ). The research, carried out in the north west of England, found that families living in deprived areas expressed a preference for more interventionist forms of dental care than their more affluent counterparts.

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Pushy parents pressing for unwarranted dental treatment

LONDON, England – New research claims that anxious parents are pushing for their children to have dental work amid concerns about teasing. The paper, in this week's edition of the British Dental Journal (BDJ), highlights the role parents are playing in influencing their offspring to undergo what could be unwarranted dental treatment.

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Enjoy Halloween Without Harm To Your Teeth

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Parents can minimize risk to their children's teeth from the candies collected at Halloween with a few simple rules, says Dr. Wayne Chou, past president of the Association of Dental Surgeons of BC.

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Trick or Treat: Give Kids Healthy Snacks to Eat, Says California State Dental Group

SACRAMENTO, CaliforniaHalloween means candy, and candy can mean cavities. Even with the scary thought of cavities, 79 percent of parents say that trick-or-treating is a fun family tradition that they'll continue with their kids. With sour and sticky candies emerging as children's favorites, trick-or-treaters' teeth can be vulnerable to dental decay.

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BC's Children's Hospital Cuts Care For Dental Surgery

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – A decision by BC's Children's Hospital to close one of two dental operating chairs November 1 will translate into hospital waits over one year for children suffering from oral pain and infection, according to the Association of Dental Surgeons of BC.

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When Buying Halloween Candy, Think Teeth

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – You wouldn't want the Hulk's or Cinderella's mouth filled with cavities, would you? The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) believes that not all candy is created equally and there are good and not so good options for satisfying every trick-or-treater's sweet tooth.

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Dental Professionals Team Up to Provide Free Oral Health Check-Ups

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – An estimated 600 children, ages 3 and 4, from the Milwaukee Public Schools' and Social Development Commission's Head Start programs will receive more than $6,000 in free dental screenings, cleanings and fluoride treatments as part of the fifth annual Head Start Dental Day on Oct. 4, 2003 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the new Marquette University School of Dentistry (MUSoD), 1801 W. Wisconsin Ave., and Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC), 800 Main Street in Pewaukee.

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BDA publishes league table of children's dental health

LONDON, England – The leader of the UK's dentists today called on MPs to safeguard the dental health of the nation by supporting targeted water fluoridation. And to illustrate the real problems faced in certain areas, the British Dental Association (BDA) has published a league table of children's dental health by parliamentary constituency, showing how many have unacceptably high levels of tooth decay.

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Ten Back to School Health Tips for Parents

SEATTLE, Washington – The Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) advised parents on ten ways to promote excellent dental health for their children this school year.

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WDA Members to Provide Free Oral Health Care Services for Children

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – Seven Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) member dentists will help provide basic dental exams, dental sealants, fluoride varnish and oral health care instruction to an estimated 400 low-income children, ages 3 to 18, as part of the ninth annual GuardCare program on Aug. 4 - 5, 2003 at Darlington Middle School in Lafayette County and Aug. 7 - 8, 2003 at Boscobel Junior/Senior High School in Grant County.

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Tips for parents for counteracting that neverending nibbling

CHICAGO, Illinois – School's out and so is your child's eating routine. With longer days, less structure and an array of tempting treats available, many children become snacking machines during the summer months, munching and gulping chips, soda, crackers, juice, ice cream and popsicles throughout the day.

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80 per cent of children not scared of dentist

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom- Children aren't as scared of visiting the dentist as popular belief suggests according to new research. The research, to be published in the May 2003 edition of the British Dental Journal (BDJ), shows that almost eighty per cent of children are not anxious about visiting the dentist. In fact, only eleven per cent of parents surveyed reported that their children were worried about dental visits.

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Partnership to Promote Pediatric Dental Health

CHICAGO, Illinois – The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the recognized leader in children's dental health, is pleased to announce a collaborative research and education partnership between the AAPD Foundation (AAPDF) and the Coca-Cola Foundation.

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First National Children's Dental Access Day to Provide Vital Services, Spotlight Need for Care Among Underserved Youth

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – More than 160 Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) members, along with numerous dental hygienists and assistants, dental school students and faculty and community volunteers, will donate expertise, time and supplies through 60 local oral health education, screening and treatment programs on Feb. 21, 2003 in recognition of the first annual Give Kids A Smile national children's dental access day.

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Oral Cancer Survivor to Visit Western Washington schools

SEATTLE, Washington – They call him the man without a face. Rick Bender started chewing tobacco when he was twelve. He never imagined he would lose half his jaw, a third of his tongue and partial use of his right arm to oral cancer at age 26.

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National Children's Dental Health Month

MARYSVILLE, Ohio – The Union County Health Department joins the American Dental Association in celebrating National Children's Dental Health Month. A top priority for parents is helping their children develop good oral health habits. Starting dental visits at an early age can help your child enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.

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Washington Dentists Offer Free Education, Screening and Treatment for Children

SEATTLE, Washington – Dentists around the state will offer free services for children, from education to screening to full treatment, in February as part of the Washington State Dental Association's Give Kids a Smile Month.

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Cavities: The Most Common Childhood Disease Can Be Prevented

CHICAGO, Illinois – Cavities may still be the single most common childhood disease, however parents can easily play a pivotal role in preventing them, according to a new report in the January/February 2003 issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry 's peer-reviewed clinical journal.

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PDA Provides Answers to FAQs During NCDHM

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania--In observance of National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM) in February, Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) is sponsoring its annual poster contest. All Pennsylvania third-grade students are eligible to participate. The grand prize is a $1,000 education bond, along with $250 for the winner's school and teacher. The winning entry will be reproduced as a bookmark that is distributed to all Pennsylvania public libraries.

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Governor proclaims February "Give Kids a Smile Month" for Washington State

SEATTLE, Washington – On January 24, Governor Gary Lock officially proclaimed February "Give Kids a Smile Month" in Washington. Governor Locke recognized the continuing effort of Washington dentists who annually donate many hours of charitable care to patients in need, many of them children.

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California Dental Association Gives Kids a Smile During Children's Dental Health Month

SACRAMENTO, California – Although most parents know their children should visit a pediatrician for immunizations and well-baby checkups beginning at 2 months, many parents still aren't sure when they should send their child to the dentist, according to the California Dental Association (CDA).

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Children Should Visit the Dentist by Their First Birthday

CHICAGO, Illinois – Finding a “dental home” for your child by age 1 should be a priority for parents who haven't given much thought about that first trip to the dentist.

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Even Babies Can Get Tooth Decay

CHICAGO, Illinois – Although it may seem harmless, regularly using the bottle as a pacifier to calm a restless child can turn into a nightmare for parents.

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Loss of Teeth in Children Linked to Problems in School, Speech and Self Esteem

CHICAGO, Illinois – Did you know that tooth decay is one of the most common childhood diseases? Although oral health has improved over the last 20 years, tooth decay remains a serious problem for children. Tooth decay is five times as common as asthma and seven times as common as hay fever.

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Sealants Provide Extra Protection Against Cavities

CHICAGO, Illinois – Sometimes a child has good oral hygiene, but all the brushing in the world can't remove the cavity-causing food particles that become trapped in the molars or back teeth.

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Pediatric Dentist Joins Child Magazine Advisory Board

CHICAGO, Illinois – The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD),the recognized leader in children's oral health, announces the appointment of Dr.Paul S. Casamassimo to the Child magazine Editorial Advisory Board.

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Halloween Tips from the Dentist

OTTAWA, Ontario – Celebrating Halloween in the usual way, where the occasional trick gives way to an abundance of sugar-laden treats, need not spell disaster for kids' teeth.

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Trick or Treat, Help Kids Protect Their Smiles.

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania--Typically, Halloween is a time for sugary treats. However, foods that contain sugar can contribute to tooth decay. Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) has some tips on keeping teeth healthy this Halloween.

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Dental Experts Offer Guidelines on How To Scare Away Tooth Decay This Halloween

SACRAMENTO, California – Cavities can be a frightening thought for kids and adults, especially during Halloween. With sour candies like Sour Puckers or sticky taffy candies like Airheads emerging as children's favorites, trick-or-treaters' teeth can be susceptible to dental decay.

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Cash for Halloween Candy Stash

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – As children prepare to dress up in their scariest costumes on Halloween night, filling their bags with heaps of sugar-filled treats, some Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) member dentists are hoping to sway young trick-or-treaters from eating all their candy by offering them cash for their Halloween stash.

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A Triumph for Children's Oral Health

CHICAGO, Illinois – The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the recognized leader in children's oral health, announces its merger with the American Society of Dentistry for Children (ASDC), effective immediately.

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AAPD Merges with ASDC!

CHICAGO, Illinois – The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the recognized
leader in children's oral health, announces its merger with the American Society of
Dentistry for Children (ASDC), effective immediately.

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Thousands Of Kids Without Access To Dental Care

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Cutbacks that have led to free or low-cost dental care disappearing for approximately 6,000 low-income children in the Lower Mainland need to be re-examined, says the Association of Dental Surgeons of BC. Two clinics and one program, which provided treatment to these children, have been closed.

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ADA Announces Major Initiative on Children's Access to Dental Care

CHICAGO, Illinois – Speaking at an unprecedented Senate hearing on the crisis in children's access to dental care, American Dental Association President D. Gregory Chadwick, DDS, today announced the launch of a nationwide campaign to deliver dental services to needy children and enhance public awareness of the extent of access disparities in oral health.

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This Dental Program is Working!

CHICAGO, Illinois – An analysis of the first year efforts of the Michigan Healthy Kids Dental Program,a unique state experiment to improve Medicaid, demonstrates that the program is working."This may be the solution for oral health access that the rest of the country should emulate," said David K. Curtis, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

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Toothbrushes for Kids

OTTAWA, Ontario – Concerned with making sure that kids have the right tools to help them improve their oral health, the Canadian Dental Association and Oral-B teamed up to distribute 50,000 toothbrushes to Canadian children.

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Proposed Dental Cuts At Children's Hospital Put Smiles At Risk

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Cuts to the dental surgery budget at BC's Children's Hospital will leave an estimated 1,000 children experiencing pain and infection in the lurch, according to the Association of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (ADSBC).

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Boston Dentist Receives 2002 Pediatric Dentist of the Year Award

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – Special Olympics Special Smiles Global Clinical Advisor Dr. Steven P. Perlman received the Pediatric Dentist of the Year Award from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) Foundation at its annual Presidents' Dinner Dance held in conjunction with their 55th Annual Session in Denver, Colorado on 26 May.

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Oral-B Donates Children's Toothbrushes to CDA

OTTAWA, Ontario – As part of National Oral Health Month, Oral-B donated 50,000 children's toothbrushes to Canadian Dental Association (CDA). The consumer value of these brushes is $150,000.

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Dental Disease Poses Significant Health Problem for Santa Clara County Children

SAN JOSE, California – The Health Trust™ announced today the results of an in-depth oral health needs assessment of school-aged Silicon Valley children. The report, commissioned by The Health Trust, details devastating results among certain Santa Clara County school-age children and reveals a high correlation between socioeconomic status and ethnicity and the risk of dental disease. Low-income Hispanic and Asian children are particularly vulnerable to poor oral health and access to care. Especially troubling is the large number of local children with rampant tooth decay - defined as seven or more decayed teeth - and those with an urgent need for dental care - defined as pain or infection originating in their mouth. The research was funded by a grant from The California Endowment.

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UCSF Scientists May Have Found Link to Early Childhood Tooth Decay

SAN FRANCISCO, California – A two-year-old Latina child's mouth was aching and she was quietly crying herself to sleep. But the pain, disease and enormous costs of treatment for her tooth decay were all preventable, according to scientists at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry.

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Dentists Provide Billions in Free Care to Poor Children, But Say Too Many Kids Still Get None

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – The good news is that children from low-income families are getting more dental care. Unfortunately, the increase is due largely to free care provided by dentists, according to a study published in this month's Journal of the American Dental Association.

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Increased Access Programs Receive ADA Health Foundation Funding

CHICAGO, Illinois – Children's dental health and access to oral health care services were among programs sharing nearly $800,000 in grants and awards in 2001 from the American Dental Association Health Foundation (ADAHF) , the charitable arm of the American Dental Association (ADA).

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Exposure to Several Fluoride Sources May Explain Increase in Enamel Fluorosis

CHICAGO, Illinois – Exposure to several fluoride sources may explain the increase of enamel fluorosis (mottled tooth enamel) in children in the late 1980s compared with the 1930s, according to researchers in February's cover story of The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA).

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ADA Says Mouthguard Important Piece of Children's Athletic Gear

CHICAGO, Illinois – If your child participates in organized sports or recreational activities, there's always the risk of injury, including to the mouth, according to the American Dental Association (ADA) as February marks its 53rd Annual National Children's Dental Health Month.

But a properly fitted mouthguard or mouth protector can help protect your child's smile, says ADA Consumer Advisor Matthew Messina, D.D.S., a Cleveland-area general dentist. "It is an important piece of athletic gear."

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Pre-School Years Key for Healthy Smile, Says ADA

CHICAGO, Illinois – Important dental developments occur in children between ages two and the time they start kindergarten, says the American Dental Association (ADA), as February marks its 53rd Annual National Children's Dental Health Month observance. This year's theme is "Don't Let Your Smile Become Extinct."

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Study: Many Poor Children Live in Pain Because Barriers to Dental Care Too Great

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina – Fewer than one in eight North Carolina children ages 1 to 5 who qualify for free dental treatment through Medicaid visit a dentist in any given year.

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Thumb-sucking, Pacifier Use May Damage Children's Teeth

CHICAGO, Illinois – Many experts say children can safely suck their thumbs or pacifiers until they enter school, but a new study published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association suggests if the behavior persists after age two, children's bite may be affected.

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Fluoride Now Made Even Easier to Swallow

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – Dentists now have an important new ally in their effort to promote the benefits of fluoride in the fight against tooth decay.

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Tooth Decay Prevalent In Pockets Of Kindergarten Children

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – A stepped-up campaign is being undertaken by the dentists of British Columbia to fight tooth decay in young children. This comes at a time when research analyzed by a UBC team indicates that visible decay is present in more than 40 per cent of kindergarten children in several Vancouver schools.

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Halloween Treats Scary For Teeth

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The jagged-toothed grin of a jack o'lantern reminds us to take care of our own smiles as we approach the annual sugar-feast of Halloween. With the scariest time of year for teeth looming, BC dentists are providing tips to keep them safe.

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Massachusetts Dental Society offers Toothprinting at statewide child identification program

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – On Saturday, May 6th, the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) will be participating in a unique statewide child identification program (CHIP) featuring ToothprintsTM.

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Dental Cavities On The Rise Again; Back to 'Drill and Fill'

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia--After years of decline, cavity rates may be inching upward again, according to dental researchers at the annual meeting of the International Association of Dental Research in Washington, D.C.

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Dental Care in the ER a Last Resort Becomes a Child's Primary Source For Care

CHICAGO, Illinois – In the last half of the 20th century, the number of emergency room (ER) visits dramatically increased in the United States with evidence strongly attributing this increase to dental visits. According to a recent article in the journal, Pediatric Dentistry, a Dallas study indicates parents are using the ER for their child's nonemergency, primary dental care that can be more appropriately and economically treated in an office setting.

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BC Dentists Celebrate 10 Years of Saving Children's Smiles

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The Association of Dental Surgeons of BC is proud to kick off its 10th annual Save a Smile Campaign to bring dental care to financially disadvantaged children across the province.

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Silent Suffering How Severe Cavities Can Effect a Child's Quality of Life

CHICAGO, Illinois – Although cavity rates among children in North America have significantly dropped, they still remain high for some groups of children. A recent pilot study in the September/October issue of Pediatric Dentistry , the journal of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, assessed young patients at the Montreal Children's Hospital dental clinic in Montreal, Canada with severe cavities in their primary teeth to evaluate the possible effects of severe tooth decay on a child's well being.

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Breastfeeding and Infant Tooth Decay

CHICAGO, Illinois – Infants who are strictly breast fed are more resistant to tooth decay than those who are fed sugar-rich foods together with infant formulas and cow's milk. But when sugary substances are alternated with breastfeeding, breast milk becomes a dangerous catalyst that can lead to rampant dental caries.

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Early Dental Exams For Children Can Avert Problems Posed By Bottled Water And "Bottle Caries"

LOS ANGELES, California – Well-meaning parents may be unwittingly contributing to their young children's dental problems, according to Denis Weintraub, D.D.S., a pediatric dentist, orthodontist and dental anesthesiologist who is co-director, Hospital Dentistry, Ambulatory Care Center Dental Clinic at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Many of these problems could be easily avoided with early check-ups – 12 months old is the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommendation – that include examination and education on proper dental care.

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Are New Treatments to Prevent Early Tooth Decay Just Around the Corner?

CHICAGO, Illinois – Devastating decay in primary (baby) teeth is a well-known threat to the oral health of infants and toddlers, but new research shows that relief may be close at hand. Periodic topical application of an antimicrobial solution to the teeth of children at high risk for early childhood caries (ECC) shows evidence of decreasing risks by suppressing high oral bacteria levels, as reported in the latest issue of the journal Pediatric Dentistry. Researchers believe this is a potential breakthrough in preventing rampant tooth decay in young children.

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A Healthy Toothousandsup> launches at Natick's Brown Elementary School

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – The Massachusetts Dental Society's A Healthy Toothousandsm dental campaign will kick off its first official event at Natick's Brown Elementary School.

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Thumb Sucking - Stop It Early

MADISON, Wisconsin – February is National Childrens Dental Health Month and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD) is offering parents some helpful hints on how to help their children avoid permanent structural dental problems which could eventually require cosmetic treatment.

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Fluoride Still a Good Thing Monitoring Its Intake Is Essential

CHICAGO, Illinois – Fluoride use is still the primary agent to prevent caries in children and adults according to a recent study from the Oral Health Research Institute at Indiana University School of Dentistry. The study, conducted in February 1992 and again in December 1994, examined children, who were "lifetime" residents in three Indiana communities with varying levels of natural fluoride in their water supply, for incidences of dental fluorosis.

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Empowering Children Who Want to Stop Digit-Sucking

CHICAGO, Illinois – The Ace™ Bandage approach is a cost-effective, alternative method for a child who wants to stop night-time digit-sucking. A recent clinical article in the November/December issue of Pediatric Dentistry, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, outlined an approach to digit-sucking cessation giving more control and a sense of responsibility to an interested child.

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Appropriate Timing of Dental Services and Preventive Dentistry Essential to the Optimal Oral Health of Children

CHICAGO, Illinois – Lack of appropriate information on preventive dentistry and dental services impedes the goal of optimal oral health standards for all US children. In a study published in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's (AAPD) journal, Pediatric Dentistry, researchers evaluated the factors associated with age-appropriate dental care and preventive dentistry among preschool-aged children in Delaware.

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A Trip To The Dentist Could Cause Symptoms In Asthmatic Kids

COLUMBUS, Ohio – New research suggests a dental visit may trigger asthma symptoms in some children with the disorder. Researchers found that nearly one out of three children with asthma developed some symptoms within 30 minutes after visiting their dentists. And about 15 percent of the kids had a clinically significant decrease in lung function.

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Young Teeth Can Survive Childhood Mishaps With Quick Action, New Treatments

NEW YORK, New York – Children who suffer dental injuries, ranging from chips and cracks to teeth knocked out of the socket, often can have their teeth repaired and keep them for a lifetime thanks to a variety of new treatments.

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Physicians and Dentists: Allies in Preventive Health for Children

CHICAGO, Illinois – A recent survey of pediatricians and family practitioners shows that physicians who received little or no preventive oral education had less relevant oral knowledge and felt less confident about their overall dental knowledge than those who received some oral education. In the September/October issue of Pediatric Dentistry, the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Olga M. Sánchez, DMD, MS, et al., reports that 82 percent of physicians perform oral examinations during pediatric physical exams, but the lack of information physicians receive during medical training may actually limit patient access to preventive oral health.

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Early Childhood Caries Reaches Epidemic Proportions

CHICAGO, Illinois – The rate of caries in permanent teeth has been on the decline for years. Improvements in dental technology, increased access to fluoride, and parents becoming better informed on caring for children's teeth all help maintain the longevity of permanent teeth.

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Parents Should Limit the Amount of Toothpaste Used By Preschoolers

CHICAGO, Illinois – Recent research shows that brushing with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste provides the recommended level of fluoride for caries prevention in preschool-aged children in addition to decreasing the risk of fluorosis. Fluorosis is a damaging oral condition caused by over-ingestion of fluoride and usually presents as white flecks on the tooth enamel.

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Five Steps to Ensure Your Child's Oral Health

CHICAGO, Illinois – There are many ways you can help your child maintain good oral health – from helping your child establish the correct dental habits to providing professional care.

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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

CHICAGO, Illinois – Infants and children who sleep with a bottle containing anything but water are in danger of developing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. Pacifiers dipped in sugar or honey are equally dangerous. While a child sleeps the salivary process slows, which allows liquids remaining in the mouth to pool around the sleeping child's teeth. Sugars in the liquid combine with bacteria in the mouth to form acid that dissolves the immature enamel. Newly erupted first teeth are highly susceptible to decay. Unfortunately, it does not take long for extensive tooth decay to develop. Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is easy to prevent. The following steps will help your child avoid this painful condition:

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The Pediatric Dentist

CHICAGO, Illinois – The pediatric dentist is the specialist who is dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teen-age years. The very young, pre-teens, and teenagers all need different approaches in dealing with their behavior, guiding their dental growth and development, and helping them avoid future dental problems. The pediatric dentist is best qualified to meet these needs.

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Baby's First Teeth

CHICAGO, Illinois – Some babies are born with teeth – others sprout their first tooth right around the first birthday. Family history is the most accurate predictor of when the first tooth will erupt. Six months is the average age for the eruption of the first tooth. If there isn't any sign of a tooth by 12 months, contact your pediatric dentist.

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Baby's First Dental Visit

CHICAGO, Illinois – A child's first visit to the dentist should be scheduled between the eruption of the first tooth and the first birthday. The infant's developing teeth are affected by many factors including: feeding habits, pacifiers, gum cleansing, and fluoride levels maintained in the mouth. Pediatric dentists have the special skills required to work with infants and young children, as well as extensive training in the most up-to-date and thorough treatments for a wide variety of children's dental problems. The following describes a typical first visit:

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Safe Use of Pacifiers

CHICAGO, Illinois – If your child has a sucking habit, please alert your pediatric dentist. With the sucking habit in mind, your pediatric dentist will carefully monitor the way your child's teeth come in and jaws develop. For most children there is no reason to worry about a sucking habit until the permanent teeth are ready to come in. Thumb, finger, and pacifier sucking all affect the teeth essentially the same way. However, a pacifier habit is often easier to break.

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Smokeless Tobacco Not Only Is lLnked To Oral Cancer And Other Diseases, It Also Causes Cavities.

CHICAGO, Illinois – One of every six deaths in the United States is caused by tobacco use. Every day more than 3,000 young people start smoking – the yearly total is well over 1,000,000. The use of smokeless tobacco is also on the rise. Children begin using tobacco products for a variety of reasons: parental example, peer pressure, advertising, and lack of education regarding health risks. Smokeless tobacco not only is linked to oral cancer and other diseases, it also causes cavities.

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Tooth Development During Pregnancy

CHICAGO, Illinois – Can an expectant mother do anything to help assure a proper start for the development of her child's teeth?

What you eat during pregnancy affects the development of your unborn baby's teeth. A well-balanced diet is highly recommended. Vitamins A, C, D, protein, calcium, and phosphorus are crucial to the general health and dental development of your child.

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Tooth Touch Ups

CHICAGO, Illinois – If stained or broken teeth are lowering your child's self-esteem, something can and often should be done. Does your child smile without showing her teeth or cover his mouth before laughing? Cosmetic dental procedures are available for children. The following are a few examples of the services pediatric dentists can provide:

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Waterslide Safety Tips

CHICAGO, Illinois – As with all vigorous physical activities, waterslides hold potential dangers. Injuries usually occur when sliders collide while trying to pass one another within the walls of the slide, or slip and fall on wet surfaces. Two-thirds of all waterslide injuries result in oral trauma. Tooth fractures are the most common.

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