Many kids fall through gaps in dental care

There are 15 comments on the Marshfield News-Herald story from May 17, 2014, titled Many kids fall through gaps in dental care. In it, Marshfield News-Herald reports that:

No one wants to go to the dentist, but kids need to. A small cavity left to fester can grow into a big health problem.

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Wantagh, NY

#1 May 18, 2014
It doesn't matter if they get coverage because 80% of dentists refuse to treat Medicaid patients (or t hose on government subsidized insurance such as described in this article) And fewer will treat children on Medicaid. Legislators following the advice of Organized dentistry has driven this country into a national tooth decay epidemic using fluoridation as a tool.

Now that kids are fluoride-overdosed, according to the CDC, tooth decay is still a national growing epidemic.

Dental therapists are the solution. They will drill, fill and pull teeth in mouths and areas where dentists refuse to go and do it more cheaply because their educations should only take two years. Dental therapists have worked for decades in other developed countries successfully. Alaska, Minnesota and Maine now allow them. Studies show DT's work is just as good and dentists' sometimes even better.

Since: Apr 14

Indore, India

#3 Jun 9, 2014
My kids was suffering from gaps in teeth,then i will decide to go in.. Dental therapists and take a treatment..Really it have a too good treatment for kids..........
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Since: Jun 14

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#5 Jun 10, 2014
My 8 years old son also suffering from gaps in teeth.I decided to go to a dentist for dental implant for treatment.I decided to go with dentalasia.
Shelly Slader

Walla Walla, WA

#11 Aug 11, 2014
My son just turned 3. I brush his teeth every morning and night. I don't know if that's enough for now or if he should see a pediatric dentist for a professional cleaning. What age is recommended for a child to start visiting the dentist?

Bucharest, Romania

#12 Aug 11, 2014
We need to take kids to dentist. It is mandatory

Orlando, FL

#13 Aug 19, 2014
I saw my dentist last week for some cleaning. It was so great that didn't have any cavities this time. I feel like every time I go I have at least one cavity.
Seth Ashford

Walla Walla, WA

#14 Aug 19, 2014
It really is important to have general dental treatment a consistent factor in your family's life. I know it seems trivial to take younger kids to the dentist, but baby teeth should also be cared for. Without consistent care, your children can get bad cavities that you don't notice until it is time for a root canal.

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Courtney Galler

Salt Lake City, UT

#15 Aug 21, 2014
I have always taken my kids to the dentist, twice a year, every six months. I have an old friend who just moved, but had to cancel their next appointment because of said move. I hope she finds a new clinic soon!
Sam Williams

Orlando, FL

#16 Aug 21, 2014
It is sad how many children slip through the cracks, and don't receive proper dental care. Proper dental care is most important in the early development stages, and not seeing a professional dentist as child can make a significant difference. I am so thankful for clinics and other less expensive alternatives.

Buffalo, NY

#17 Aug 22, 2014
It is true that kids need dental work and learn good habits. If they don't get good habits as a kid, those poor habits translate into their adult teeth as well. Then it costs more money to go see the dentist.
Claire Reynolds

Orlando, FL

#19 Aug 27, 2014
Dental care should start with newborn children and last through their entire adult life. The first dental appointment should be when the first tooth begins to show. If you are ever concerned about dental care for your child, you should talk to your dentist to get professional advice.

Claire Reynolds ||

Since: Aug 14

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#20 Aug 27, 2014
Filling up the gap or dental treatment of children should be taken care at a young age itself, So that it does not turn up as a big issue in future. We at our clinic have an expert team of dental surgeons, specialist cosmetic dental treatment facilities. Visit us at -
Israel is evil

Bradenton, FL

#21 Sep 10, 2014
we can't afford a real safety net for Americans because Congress is really the knesset on the Potomac , sending our tax dollars to kibbutz socialism and the zionist apartheid regime.
Wally West

Orlando, FL

#26 Oct 29, 2014
We have always been firm with our kids visiting the dentist every six months. My wife and I both suffered from bad teeth most of our life and we did not want that for our kids. They don't like it, but they will appreciate it later.

Buffalo, NY

#28 Jan 6, 2015
I used to think that children really didn't need dental care because their teeth would fall out, but it is a lot more than just brushing your teeth. Not only does dental care help to prevent cavities, but it also helps people to develop good habits. It would be really sad if you just left a child to rot their teeth because the rotting effects the gums and the whole mouth as well.

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