Kindergarten – 3rd Grade Winners:
1st Place– Sophie Carson, Walton School
2nd Place — Lucy DeRoche, Fairview School
3rd Place– Laura Lim, Lisbon Community School
4th Grade – 6th Grade Winners:
1st Place– Ariel Davis, Fairview School
2nd Place– Taylor Newman, Fairview School
3rd Place– Rosa Doherty, East Auburn Community School
To see pictures of the winners and their posters: http://centerstreetdental.net/2012-poster-contest-winner/
We’re having a poster contest! February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and we want to raise awareness with children and parents in Androscoggin County. The scholarship prizes for each category (K-3 and 4-6) are $500 for 1st, $250 for 2nd, and $150 for 3rd place. Click the link below to view our PDF flyer to learn more…
“Get It Done In Year One!” is the slogan of a new campaign by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) which aims to educate parents about the benefits of early dental care. The AAPD recommends that children be seen by a dentist by their first birthday.
When a child has his or her first tooth erupt it’s important to start healthy dental habits. Visiting the dentist from a young age helps the child and the parent learn preventative care that will carry into adulthood. The dentist can go over brushing habits: for example, children should use an age-appropriate toothbrush and children under two shouldn’t use toothpaste.
The dentist can help determine the amount of fluoride the child will need. Fluoride should be present in the child’s primary water source. Fluoride is important to help mineralization of the teeth, which helps protect against cavities. Baby teeth are vulnerable to tooth decay the moment the teeth are visible, which is usually six to twelve months old. The most common cause of decay in young children is constant exposure to milk, formula and fruit juices.
Early dental care can also be cost effective. The AADP says “the year one dental visit can actually save money. A study in the journal Pediatrics showed that children who had their first dental visit before age one had 40 percent lower dental costs in their first five years than children who did not, due to the cost of dental procedures that may be necessary as a result of poor oral health.”
Schedule a visit for your child today!