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A rule change that would make dental coverage more affordable

Written by: Colin Reusch, of the Children's Dental Health Project

Written by: Children's Dental Health Project blog: Teeth Matter

This blog post was written for the Children's Dental Health Project blogTeeth Matter and is shared with permission.

What is a Cavity?

Many of us have heard of cavities, but what are they?

A cavity is a hole in the tooth that grows bigger and deeper over time. Cavities are also sometimes called dental caries. Harmful bacteria from cavities can spread easily within a family.

Children's Dental Health Month - TeethFirst! & RI child care providers

In celebration of Children’s Dental Health Month, TeethFirst! conducted an outreach campaign through child care providers in Rhode Island, to help us reach children under age five and their families.

Great Oral Health Books for Your Child!

The Maryland Dental Action Coalition is a nonprofit organization that works to help improve the oral health of children in Maryland. They have carefully researched and released a great list of 22 books about oral health for children up to six years old. It is their goal to help children and the people who take care of them find fun books to read that will educate families on how to care for young teeth.

HealthSource RI Open Enrollment: Get Covered and Stay Covered!

Open enrollment for health and dental coverage through HealthSource RI ends January 31, 2016. HealthSource RI is Rhode Island’s health insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act. Health plans and dental plans are available.  Find coverage that fits your needs and budget.

How to Enroll

In the Community: Oral Health Care Kits

This fall, TeethFirst! and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT partnered with Project Undercover to distribute over 700 oral health care kits to children and families in Providence. These oral health care kits provide the tools and information needed to put our children on a path to healthy smiles for a lifetime.

New states to join network to expand oral health access

Written by: Children's Dental Health Project blog: Teeth Matter

This blog post was written for the Children's Dental Health Project blog: Teeth Matter and is shared with permission.

Chewing Gum Containing Xylitol Can Help Protect Teeth!

While nothing can replace the importance of brushing and flossing twice a day, did you know that chewing sugarless gum can help keep cavities away?

There are many different kinds of chewing gum available at the store. Many of them are sugar-free and have artificial sweeteners in them to make them taste good.

Chewing any type of sugar-free gum can help keep your mouth clean, since gum chewing produces saliva, which bathes teeth in a cavity-fighting rinse.

Why Baby Teeth Matter

 
Many parents believe that primary (baby) teeth are less important than permanent teeth because primary teeth are going to “fall out anyway.” However, primary teeth are key to a child’s growth and development in five important ways. 
 

Disturbing gaps in oral health literacy

Written by: Alice Horowitz and Dushanka V. Kleinman

This guest blog post was co-authored by Alice Horowitz and Dushanka V. Kleinman, faculty members at University of Maryland School of Public Health (SPH). This blog post was written for the Children's Dental Health Project blog: TeethMatter and is shared with permission.

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