Dental Care for Children
Many young Minnesota children from low-income families lack access to dental care. When oral health issues arise, caregivers often seek temporary and expensive treatment in hospital emergency rooms, but there’s a simple and low-cost procedure that can protect kids from developing cavities. This week, the benefits of applying fluoride varnish to children’s teeth.
Guests: Dr. Amos Deinard, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and the Medical Director and Founder of Minnesota Oral Health Project; Dr. Elise Sarvas, Dental Director of Minnesota Oral Health Project and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
- Part 1 – 16:36
Dental caries, meaning cavities or tooth decay, has become a silent epidemic, Dr. Deinard warns. Though preventable, caries leads to a number of health related problems in children.
- Part 2 – 9:50
While some parents have concerns over fluoride use, Dr. Sarvas says fluoride has been helpful in preventing cavities; the Centers for Disease Control ranked fluoride as one of the top ten public health measures in the 21st century.