Delta County Colorado Kids Can Now Get Dental Care at Their Doctor’s Office

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You may not be aware of this, but children should take their first trip to the dentist before their first birthday or within six months of getting their first tooth. In fact, most parents wait until their children are nearly three years old for their first trip to the dentist. To help remedy this situation, the Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation came up with an innovative plan to team up dental hygienists with pediatricians for one-stop health care. The program has made a huge difference.

From the Delta County Independent:

Armed with this information, the Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation developed the innovative Delta Dental Hygienist Co-Location Program, which places dental hygienists in pediatric practices, providing Delta families with education and preventive oral health care for their children at the doctor’s office during well-child and sick visits.

“Since medical providers often see children from birth, it gives us the perfect opportunity to start addressing oral health care with parents,” said Mary Vigil, RDH, Delta Dental Co-Location Program hygienist at The Pediatric Associates. “Many don’t realize how important it is to establish good oral health habits from the time their child is an infant.”

In fact, tooth decay is the number one chronic disease of early childhood — it is five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever. But, the good news is that it’s nearly 100 percent preventable.

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