Dental health clinic’s care spreads by word of mouth

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Dental health clinic’s care spreads by word of mouth

Axis Health System’s nonprofit Oral Health Clinic team works in the Commons Building in Durango, from left: receptionist Brianna Trujillo-Mestas, dental assistant Connie Sanchez, oral health support Erin Linden, Oral Health Director Kristine Hynes and dental hygienist Jammy Templeton.
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Tips for parents on kids’ dental health

A primary goal of National Children’s Dental Health Month is to educate the public about preventive care and good habits. Below are five tips from Axis Health System Dental Director Kristine Hynes to help children develop beautiful, healthy teeth and avoid dental problems later in life.
Start early. The Oral Health Clinic offers a Happy Visit as soon as parents see their child’s first tooth – as early as 6 months old. These gentle, educational appointments help young children feel comfortable with dental visits, and prevent fear and tears later on.Treat baby teeth with care. Some people think these teeth are not important because they are temporary. In fact, they are crucial placeholders for permanent teeth. The premature loss of a baby tooth can cause crowding and shifting, and set a child up for a lifetime of dental difficulties.Choose sealants to prevent decay. Sealants are a resin material dentists apply to the pits and grooves of chewing surfaces to prevent cavities. This preventive service is very effective for children because they often don’t brush well enough to reach into back teeth.Teach good habits. Incorporate brushing and flossing into morning and bedtime routines. Watch to make sure children are brushing long enough and with correct technique. Check out apps like Toothsavers Brushing Game or Disney Magic Timer, which turn brushing into a fun game.Offer healthy food and drinks. Diet is extremely important to good oral health. Offer water, and limit sodas, juices and refined sugars. Choose healthy snacks like hard cheese and nuts. Don’t allow all-day grazing of sugary foods or drinks. Rinse with water after snacks and meals to neutralize acids that harm teeth. To schedule a Happy Visit for a child, or to make an adult appointment, call the nonprofit Oral Health Clinic in Durango at 335-2442. The clinic accepts uninsured and Medicaid patients, and a sliding-fee scale is available for those who qualify.

Dental health clinic’s care spreads by word of mouth

Axis Health System’s nonprofit Oral Health Clinic team works in the Commons Building in Durango, from left: receptionist Brianna Trujillo-Mestas, dental assistant Connie Sanchez, oral health support Erin Linden, Oral Health Director Kristine Hynes and dental hygienist Jammy Templeton.
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