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Get a dental checkup this year

February has been designated as National Children’s Dental Health Month and is designed to raise awareness about the importance of oral health, The Smile and Implant Center of Kearny reminds us.

Here are some salient facts on the topic from the Center’s staff: Despite the fact that it’s almost entirely preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. More than 40% of children ages 2 to 11 have had a cavity in their primary (baby) teeth, and more than two-thirds of 16- to- 19-yearolds have had a cavity in their permanent teeth. Although overall rates of tooth decay have decreased over the past four decades, decay has actually increased in preschool age children in recent years.

The good news is there are safe and effective preventive measures that can protect teeth. Good oral hygiene practices such as thorough brushing with fluoride toothpaste can help keep children from getting cavities. In addition, professional dental cleanings, fluoride treatments and dental sealants can help prevent tooth decay.

If you need a dental exam for your child by a caring, warm and gentle dental hygienist, call The Smile and Implant Center at 201-991-1055. Tokie, Clara and Kelly will put both you and your child at ease during your dental visit.

Many insurance companies and now the new healthcare marketplace plans include dental coverage for children. Be sure to take advantage of your dental health benefits for 2014.

The Smile and Implant Center offers early, late and Saturday appointments for your convenience. Please call 201-991-1055 for your appointment or email Alexis@thesmileandimplantcenter.com.

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