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Preventative Dental Care in the Latino Community

Caring for Your Child's Teeth



The need for proper dental care among Hispanic children Picture of a child's mouth that is full of severe dental cavities, fillings, deteriorating teeth, etc. and adults in Arizona is growing at a tremendous rate. This site is designed to give suggestions, help, and guidance to those seeking information about proper dental care.

There are many causes for dental caries in children, but the most popular cause of tooth decay is sugar.

The popular saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" holds true for many. Another similar phrase, which proves itself correct would be, "Brushing and flossing once a day keeps the dentist away".

Studies have shown that brushing and flossing everyday will significantly Cartoon of a child in a dentist's chair and the dentist looking in the patient's mouth. The dentist says, "Sorry, Jack, But since you fell down and broke your crown, the drill comes rumbling after..."decrease the likelihood of developing dental caries (cavities), gum disease, nerve damage and other oral diseases. So, the best way to avoid going to the dentist and paying extremely expensive rates for dental work is to daily take care of your teeth and go to your regular dental check-ups.

Several people do not realize how significant and severe the effects of not caring for one's teeth as a child can be.The following link provides instructions and pictures on how to ensure the proper care of your childrens' teeth. It explains the causes of these early childhood problems, their causes, and how to take care of infants' teeth in order to have healthy teeth as an adult.

In order to properly treat each patient, there are now many specialists in the dental field that can help you more properly care for every individuals' teeth, gums, and mouth.

Happy Hispanic couple is smiling and has very clean, white, beautiful teeth.Many low-income and Hispanic families do not make regular visits because their dentist or pedodontist because these visits are often very expensive and the families are unable to pay for these expensive treatments. There are several organizations that have put forth an effort to assist low-income families with the cost of dental care. The Arizona Department of Health Services' website discusses the need for less expensive dental care and their plans to remedy the problem.

Paul S. Casamassimo, D.D.S., M.S. wrote an article outline some of the practices and policy challenges affecting low-income families: Oral Health in Primary Care Medicine Practice and Policy Challenges.

Cartoon of a large dinosaur that took a bite out of an Aluminum Foil Manufacuring plant. Dinosaur is spitting and coughing with his tongue out and says, "Arg! My Fillings".The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is the national membership association representing the specialty of pediatric dentistry. Their 5,900 members are dedicated to improving the oral health of infants, children, adolescents and patients with special health care needs. To find a pediatric dentist in your area, go to their website then click on the Find a Pediatric Dentist button.

The California Society of Pediatric Dentistry lists many sites which advocate optimal oral health and general welfare of infants, children, adolescents, and persons with special needs.

For a list of resources that were used in creating this webpage, please visit my References page.

For a list of links to other dental care-related websites, please visit my Resources page.


Accessibility | Privacy | ASU Disclaimer This site was created by Joel Tiffany in fulfillment of requirements for the course CSS 335: Latino Health Issues taught by Dr. Szkupinski Quiroga at Arizona State University, Spring 2005.