Oral health for children
Meeting the needs of poor children, one tooth at a time
Los Angeles, CA -- Southern California’s First 5 Commissions are tackling the health care needs of poor children one tooth at a time. According to an independently produced research report, local First 5 commissions have spent some $21 million and made quality oral health care available to one out of every 11 children age 5 and under in the eight Southern California counties.
Because the problem is so critical in Southern California counties, First 5 Commissions began a major effort in 2004 to combat tooth decay, the most prevalent unmet health care need among children from low-income families. Over the last 5 years, the regional First 5 Commissions have provided oral health services to more than 248,000 children.
Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease and is reported to be the most frequent reason children miss school and although there have been improvements within the last generation, poor children suffer twice as much as more affluent youngsters.
“It is unnecessary and all the more unfortunate that any child experiences pain and suffering as a result of dental disease that has not been treated or that could have been prevented,” said Dr. Steven Uranga McKane, clinical director of The Children’s Dental Center of Greater Los Angeles.
Dentists also realize that many young children see doctors numerous times before they ever recline in a dental chair. Although a lot of parents wait until their child is age 3 or 4 before they have a first dental visit, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that that children see a dentist by their first birthday. For more information on free dental screenings for youngsters 5 and under visit: www.readysetgrowla.org/oralhealth.
What is the best way to take care of a young child’s teeth?
Birth to 12 months - Good dental habits should begin before the first tooth appears. After feedings, gently brush your baby’s gums using water on a baby toothbrush that has soft bristles. Or wipe them with a clean washcloth. Schedule your baby’s well-child visits. During these visits your child’s doctor will check your baby’s mouth.
12 to 24 months - Brush! Brush your child’s teeth two times a day using water on a baby toothbrush that has soft bristles. The best times are after breakfast and before bed. Limit juice. Make sure your child doesn’t drink more than one small cup of juice each day and only at mealtimes. Consult with your child’s dentist or doctor about sucking habits. Sucking too strongly on a pacifier, a thumb, or fingers can affect the shape of the mouth; how the top and bottom teeth line up. Schedule a dental checkup. Take your child for a dental checkup if he has not had one.
“Oh what a tangled web we weave ….”
The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is starting to rear its ugly head. Many of us think the concept is dangerous and costly. What is evolving is that it is the worst thing to ever happen to the U.S. economy. Right now this is clear: the federal government has taken over our healthcare industry. It has taken it over without any expertise or clear strategy. Almost daily new horrors are popping up. My brothers and sisters we are about to emulate Sweden and Canada. Socialized medicine is coming to America.
At the end of life, Black kidney disease patients are more likely than White patients to continue intensive dialysis instead of choosing hospice care, according to a new study.
Researchers also found that racial differences in kidney disease treatments became more extreme in the highest Medicare spending regions of the U.S.
Children of the Caribbean Inc. is a nonprofit organization that offers relief and assistance to deserving children across the Caribbean. Founded on June 1, 2010, by Julien Adams and his wife Rosie Hodge-Adams, the foundation delivers assistance in the areas of education, healthcare and social development.
The foundation’s efforts are geared toward resolving the ongoing struggles that some children face every day—poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease—and to replace these struggles with hope for the future.
Mothers from seven area WIC (Women, Infants and Children) centers will march up and down area streets to promote breast-feeding and its benefits as part of their Breast-feeding Awareness Walks Wednesday, Aug. 8.
The walks will take place in seven cities—Huntington Park, Lynwood, Paramount, South Gate, Bell Gardens, Compton and Cudahy.
These local Breast-feeding Awareness Walks are sponsored by South Los Angeles Health Projects, which manages 11 WIC centers, including several in the city of Los Angeles.
WASHINGTON—Minority students pursuing health careers are far more motivated by a desire to serve their community than by potential financial rewards, according to new research released recently by United Health Foundation.
When asked what is the single most important motivation, 46 percent of minority scholars cited having a positive impact on people’s lives as their top reason for pursuing a health career. Only 17 percent cited salary or income.