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Tooth Talk

Fillings - An Important, Safe Part of Restorative Dentistry

Written by: Samuel Zwetchkenbaum, DDS, MPH

Should I worry about mercury in dental fillings?

With last winter’s story of a Fall River man hospitalized from acute mercury poisoning related to melting dental scrap , should individuals with fillings be concerned? Is there a need to remove fillings? In short: no! But read this post to learn more about mercury, amalgam fillings, and more.

Nuevo video: La salud dental de su bebé

Written by: United Healthcare, RIte Smiles

El video es para los nuevos padres, especialmente las nuevas mamás. La intención es complementar la información más general que se proporciona sobre la salud infantil y la atención domiciliaria, con materiales que se centran en la importancia de la salud dental.

New Video! Your Baby's Dental Health

Written by: United Healthcare, RIte Smiles

Data on Rhode Island Children - RIte Smiles and Dental Disease

Written by: Rhode Island KIDS COUNT

Dental Provider Participation in Medicaid and RIte Smiles

Children's Access to Dental Care in Rhode Island

Written by: Rhode Island KIDS COUNT

This has been excerpted from the 2019 Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook. To see the full publication, please click here

Dental caries (tooth decay) is the most common chronic disease among children. Poor oral health has immediate and significant negative impacts on children’s overall health, growth and development, school attendance, and academic achievement.

Traumatismo Dental: Instrucciones y Consejos para padres y proveedores de cuidado

Written by: el director del Programa de Salud Oral del Departamento de Salud de Rhode Island, Sam Zwetchkenbaum, y por la estudiante universitaria, Madeline Weil

Si usted es un padre o un proveedor de cuidados, usted sabe que los niños siempre se están moviendo. Tener un niño activo, significa que accidentes pueden ocurrir en cualquier momento, incluyendo accidentes a los dientes de leche (o primarios) y a los dientes permanentes (o adultos). La asociación Internacional de Traumatología Dental (International Association of Dental Traumatoloy, por su nombre en inglés) reporta que la mayoría de los accidentes dentales ocurren antes de los 19 años.

Dental Trauma Instructions: Advice for Parents and Caregivers

Written by: Sam Zwetchkenbaum, Dental Director, and Madeline Weil, Academic Scholar, Rhode Island Department of Health, Oral Health Program.

If you are a parent or caregiver, you know that kids are always on the move. Having an active child means that accidents can happen at any time, including to primary (baby) and permanent (adult) teeth. The International Association of Dental Traumatology reports that most dental injuries occur before age 19.

Rhode Island RDH Focus Groups

Please click here for the presentation of findings from the June 2018 focus groups with Rhode Island dental hygienists.

#Smilestones - An Impact Report

At TeethFirst!, we believe that early dental visits put children on a path to healthy smiles for a lifetime, and that it’s never too soon for dentists and families to team up – making a child’s first teeth a priority from the start. We believe that great healthcare requires a team of people working together to keep our little ones healthy.

My Healthy Smile

You and your child have been through it all, and now it’s time to celebrate!

It’s been a long road with plenty of memorable Smilestones along the way. And your child’s teeth are healthier for it! Thanks to you and the support you’ve shown them, they’re ready to take the best care of their teeth. Now and in the future. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be there to remind them and keep their smile as healthy and bright as ever.

Let’s take a look at all that you’ve done, and a few things to expect next:

A Look Back


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