February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. If you have a baby or toddler, you may have questions about thumb sucking, your child’s first dental visit or how and when to clean your child’s teeth. The Oregon Health Plan provides dental insurance for Oregonians who qualify for Medicaid.
The Malheur County Health Department encourages all parents and guardians to take their children for consistent dental care. It is important to learn about when children should have their first dental visit, ways to prevent early childhood caries, when to expect changes from primary to permanent teeth, proper brushing and flossing techniques, thumb-sucking, dental sealants, choosing the right mouth protector for active children and adolescents, and teaching their children to say no to tobacco. “Children’s teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and a healthy smile is important to a child’s self-esteem. With proper care, a balanced diet and regular dental visits, their teeth can remain healthy and strong,” said Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department Director.
Call your dentist to schedule your regular dental exams or call the Oregon Health Plan Application Assister at the Malheur County Health Department at 541-889-7279 for more information on dental insurance coverage.