Com­mu­nity Den­tal Care serves up smiles for kids

The Calvert Recorder - - Business - For in­for­ma­tion, or to make an ap­point­ment at CalvertHealth Com­mu­nity Den­tal Care, call 410535-8402.

Don­nie Hall, 5, was all smiles fol­low­ing his checkup at the CalvertHealth Com­mu­nity Den­tal Care in Lusby — he had picked out a green Slinky from the toy chest and was full of en­ergy.

One of three of Loretta Hall’s grand­chil­dren with ap­point­ments, Don­nie was at his sec­ond visit to the den­tist, but it was the first for 3-year-old twins Noah and Nico.

“I knew [the clinic] was avail­able and ac­cepted our in­sur­ance,” said Hall, who had pre­vi­ously worked at CalvertHealth Med­i­cal Cen­ter, in a press re­lease. “It’s a won­der­ful re­source and close to home.”

Don­nie said he likes com­ing to the den­tist and that he is not afraid. “[The hy­gien­ist] showed me how to brush my teeth and it’s fun to go up in the [treat­ment] chair,” he said in the re­lease.

In ad­di­tion to check­ing Don­nie’s teeth for any prob­lems that could be ad­dressed by the den­tist at a fu­ture visit, Mar­i­lyn Tor­ney, a reg­is­tered den­tal hy­gien­ist, ap­plied a mint flu­o­ride var­nish, which coats the teeth and helps pre­vent tooth de­cay.

Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Academy of Pe­di­atric Den­tistry, a child’s first den­tal exam is rec­om­mended at the time the first teeth erupt and no later than 12 months of age.

“It’s im­por­tant for chil­dren to come for a den­tal checkup after their baby teeth come in so that we can check for any de­vel­op­ment prob­lems, and ed­u­cate par­ents on proper oral hy­giene and proper diet for their chil­dren,” said Dr. Ana M. Palou, a den­tist at the clinic, in the re­lease.

The Cen­ters for Disease Con­trol and Preven­tion es­ti­mate that tooth de­cay af­fects U.S. chil­dren more than any other chronic in­fec­tious disease and that nearly 20 per­cent of chil­dren may have un­treated tooth de­cay.

CalvertHealth Com­mu­nity Den­tal Care is a grant-funded pro­gram formed in 2009 to im­prove ac­cess to den­tal care for ben­e­fit el­i­gi­ble fam­i­lies and those who are unin­sured or un­der­in­sured. Ser­vices in­clude ex­ams, clean­ing, flu­o­ride and sealants, as well as ba­sic restora­tive care and ex­trac­tion for pa­tients of all ages, the re­lease states. In 2012, through a part­ner­ship with the Amer­i­can Le­gion, the clinic found a per­ma­nent home in at 11840 H.G. True­man Road, Lusby, on the pub­lic bus route.

SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Left, Noah Hall, 3, is ready for his first checkup with Mar­i­lyn Tor­ney, a reg­is­tered den­tal hy­gien­ist. Above, from left, Noah, Nico and Don­nie Hall of Lusby were all smiles fol­low­ing their den­tal check­ups at CalvertHealth Com­mu­nity Den­tal Care in Lusby.

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