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UCLA Program Has Tripled Preventative Dental Visits for Young Children


July 26, 2016
by Venetia Lai, UCLA Newsroom

An innovative program that serves low-income and uninsured children in Los Angeles, the UCLA–First 5 LA 21st Century Dental Homes Project, has more than tripled preventive dental visits for children from birth to age 5, according to a new policy brief by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Some parents think that because their children’s primary teeth, or baby teeth, naturally fall out, they don’t need to be cleaned and checked. However, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a first dental exam between eruption of a child’s first tooth and age 1. Preschoolers’ teeth also need to be brushed daily with fluoride toothpaste, according to the academy.

To view the full story, please visit: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/child-oral-health-program-triples-preventive-visits