The Prenatal Dental Program has been established to help prevent children from having to go to the operating room for dental treatment. In 2010 approximately 2 out of 3 children in the YK Delta were treated in the dental operating room. This is more than double the national average. In addition to exposing the child to unnecessary health risks, the operating room expense can reach up to $10,000.
The Prenatal Dental Program’s goal is to reduce the caries rate by ridding the mothers of cavity-causing bacteria and by educating them on how to help keep their baby’s mouth clean and healthy.
Did you know cavities can be passed just like the cold and flu? Cavities are a contagious infection. If the mother (or caretaker) has a dental infection in their mouth, the bacteria is easily spread to the baby.
Pregnant women and their babies are the priority of this program. There will be designated appointment times open only to them. Dental will also be utilizing the help of the dental therapists in the subregional clinics.
If you are pregnant and would like to enroll in the Prenatal Dental Program, simply walk into or call Dental at 543-6229 and state that you would like to join the program. You will be given an enrollment form (or fill out via telephone). The medical staff and health aides will be supplied with referral cards to give at prenatal appointments. Please schedule your dental prenatal appointment today.
Here are some tips for keeping your children’s teeth healthy:
- Wipe or brush the teeth after each feeding (especially before bed)
- No bottles or sippy cups at bedtime
- Have fluoride painted on teeth at least four times per year
- Chose a diet low in sugars and sodas
- Have cavities fixed—reducing the bacteria reduces the chances of spreading the infection
- Schedule a dental exam by age 1
Healthy children have healthy mouths. The health of your child begins with you! We look forward to working with you.