Quality dental care is important to one’s overall health. A dentist can frequently tell if a person has a serious medical condition by examining their mouth.
Many children lack health insurance and well as dental coverage. The North Dakota Department of Health and Bridging the Dental Gap are sponsoring Seal! North Dakota, a program which provides sealants to children who do not have adequate access to insurance.
Sealants are a plastic coating that covers chewing surfaces and molars that are used to prevent tooth decay. The use of sealants can reduce the need for fillings, which can be very expensive—especially for those who don’t have dental insurance.
They have a shelf life of 10 years and can reduce tooth decay by more than 70 percent.
Bridging the Dental Gap executive director Marcia Olson says preventing and promptly taking care of dental issues can stop serious health conditions.
“We are here to assist children and adults in the area who are in need and do not have access to preventative dental care,” said Olson. “We are seeing an increase in emergency cases and people who are experiencing severe health problems related to poor oral health.”
It’s important for children and adults to brush and floss their teeth twice a day to remove plaque and keep their mouths healthy. The American Dental Association recommends using fluoride toothpaste and using a new toothbrush every three months.
Furthermore, the ADA recommends regular visits to the dentist to ensure a healthy smile.