February 28, 2013, Brooklyn, NY…
To help raise awareness during National Children's Dental Health Month, Lutheran Family Health Centers' Department of Dental School Health offers these oral care tips for children.
- Pregnant mothers should inform all providers that they are pregnant. Certain antibiotics taken during pregnancy can be harmful to the fetus' developing teeth.
• Baby (0-12 months)
- Children usually get their first teeth at six months and should see a dentist for their first visit between six and 12 months.
• Toddler (1-3 years)
- Children should be drinking from a sippy cup. Theoretically, it is best to stop breast/bottle feeding by that age.
• Pre-school (3-5 years)
- Speech and language development should be assessed.
• Grade-school (5-12 years)
- Assess for possible misalignment of teeth.
Lutheran Family Health Centers' Department of Dental School Health began operation in September 2009 providing comprehensive oral care to ethnically diverse and medically underserved neighborhoods around New York City. The program provides dental health education, preventative services, restorative services, outreach programs, and referrals for specialty care to 20 schools in four N.Y.C. boroughs. The services are provided by a mix of pediatric and general dentists as well as registered dental hygienists. In addition to the services provided in the schools, there is a staff of outreach workers who attend community events and provide free dental screenings, linkages and referrals. For more information on LFHC's Department of Dental School Health click here