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Free Dental Care for Rhode Islanders - Rhode Island Mission of Mercy to Be Held on May 31-June 1, 2014

Written by: Deborah Fuller, DMD, MS

Regular dental visits provide a chance for early diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of oral diseases for people of all ages. Unfortunately, not everyone has the opportunity to see a dentist, whether it’s because of a lack of dental insurance, the ability to time off from work, or simply not understanding that a healthy mouth is important to a healthy body. 

Creating Healthy Brushing Habits: Advice From a Dental Hygienist

Written by: Cynthia Johnson CDA,RDH,BS,MA

 
“It‘s time to brush your teeth!”  This daily routine can be fun, yet challenging at the same time. 
 
Many parents and caregivers know how hard it can be to get kids to brush their teeth. Here are some ways that you can make daily brushing and flossing an easy and fun habit!
 

Great Books for Young Brushers!

Reading to your child about teeth, brushing habits and visiting the dentist is a great way to help your child learn about having a healthy smile. Here are some of our favorite books that will help you inspire your child to take care of those little teeth.

Brush, Brush, Brush! by Alicia Padron (Ages 1 and up)

Making Rhode Island’s Children Healthier: Addressing Oral Health in Primary Care

Written by: Peter Pogacar, MD, FAAP

When I was a pediatric resident training to become a pediatrician, we received very little instruction regarding children's teeth and oral health in general. We spent the majority of our time in the hospital taking care of the very sick. Most of the oral health problems we encountered were due to the advanced treatments or medications the children were enduring. We were involved with specialists treating every organ system in the human body, but I don't remember even once consulting with the pediatric dentists.

For National Children's Dental Health Month, let's Reach Out and Read!

Written by: Susanna Beckwith, Executive Director

 
February celebrations usually bring to mind Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, even school vacation! But this February, celebrating meant something different for the board and staff of Reach Out and Read Rhode Island (RORRI). This February, we are celebrating National Children’s Dental Month. 
 

How Dentists Can Help Women Have Healthy Pregnancies

You are smart to encourage your clients to think about ways they can take extra good care of themselves while they are pregnant. A woman’s body goes through many changes during pregnancy and things that she does (or doesn’t do) can have an effect on her health as well as the health of her developing baby. For example, it is even more important for a woman to take care of her mouth and visit the dentist while she is pregnant.

Here are answers to some questions your clients might have about visiting the dentist while they are pregnant:

My Baby’s First Dental Visit: A Mom’s Story

Written by: Angie, Gabriella's Mom

Before my baby Gabriella got her first few teeth when she was seven months old, I took care of her gums by wiping them with a soft cloth after every feeding. Her first three teeth came in all at once­—it was a hard time for everyone! I brushed them with a special toothbrush and toothpaste made just for babies. I thought that was all the care her mouth would need until she was older and had more teeth.

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