March 10, 2017
As part of Children’s Dental Health Month in February, Dental Associates taught 11,155 youngsters how to care for their teeth. In dental terms, that’s a total of 223,100 very important baby and permanent teeth.
Dental teams from the company's 14 locations visited daycare centers, YMCAs, preschools and elementary schools throughout the state to teach children the importance of dental health and show them how to properly take care of their teeth. As part of the visits, each child received a dental kit that included a new toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss and dental care information for their parents.
Educating children early and often is vital since the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry reports that more than 50 percent of children will be affected by tooth decay before age five. In addition, a study from the Office of the Surgeon General notes that 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related conditions.
The impact of poor oral health goes far beyond the pain of a sore tooth and missed school days. Since a cavity is an infection of the tooth, it makes children more vulnerable to ear and sinus infections and other health issues.
“More and more research is showing the importance of early pediatric dental care for children,” says Thomas Manos, D.D.S, M.S., president of Dental Associates. “That’s why we’re so passionate about spreading the message that children’s teeth need dental care even before they turn one year old. Early attention and intervention can help avert a host of problems.”
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Founded in 1974, Dental Associates is Wisconsin’s largest family-owned dental group practice with 14 clinics throughout the state and nearly 850 staff members, including 100 doctors and 629 operatories. Dental Associates provides complete family dental services, both general and specialty dentistry, under one roof, from pediatric dentistry to specialized dental services for older adults, with a focus on excellent care that is affordable, accessible and personalized. Dental Associates is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Dental Associates is the exclusive provider for CarePlus Dental Plans, which provides affordable and high-quality dental health care insurance options to all Wisconsin residents.
Darin Schumacher, 920-431-1742