The importance of children's dental health cannot be underestimated. It is important that children have regular dental checkups at scheduled intervals to be sure that the child's teeth are growing in properly and that they are well taken care of and cleaned.
Dental coverage for children is available with nearly every dental plan that is in existence for the most part. And this is a good thing, because studies have shown that families that have dental insurance coverage for their kids are more than twice as likely to receive preventive care for their children. This would include regular checkups and cleaning, and x-rays, as opposed to families that do not have dental coverage for their children.
There is an educational process involved too, as children need to be taught how to brush their teeth and floss, as the fundamental activities in creating and maintaining good dental health practices.
Some good ideas in getting your kids interested in this aspect of their health include letting them pick our their own toothbrush and toothpaste. It is sort of neat to have your own toothbrush equipment and toothpaste that is different than the adult's.
Be sure and give your kids a compliment from time to time, and remind them of the good that they are doing, and join in with them when they brush, as observation is one of the best ways to teach and learn.
It is important to have a dental plan that covers some of the special things that children have to deal with, such as extra cleaning sessions and care for little teeth coming in that need special attention.
Dentists tell us that for children who are between the ages of 2 and 11 years old, the most common problem was tooth decay, or dental caries. In spite of the fact that this condition is most preventable, it simply happens because kids eat the wrong things and fail to brush often enough and properly.
When children are young the parents can have a lot to do with what they eat, and as well as helping the kids form their brushing habits. The statistic that is truly startling is the fact that over half of the kids between the ages of two to five years old have never even seen a dentist.
There are lots of reasons for this situation with younger children, but it carries over as they get older too. The fact that when they have dental coverage, they see the dentist more often makes sense because many families feel they can't afford it.
Since 48 per cent of employers don't offer dental insurance to their employees, there are many people who just do not get to the dentist. Now there are individual dental plans that are very affordable and ones that have good coverage for children, especially in the prevention and cleaning areas, so there is really no excuse.
There is more awareness now than there has been ever before about the availability of individual dental coverage , and the statistics are slowly moving in favor of more kids gaining coverage.