*** This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to the winner: Commenter #13 – Rebecca!
The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation is kicking off “Dentist by 1,” a statewide public service campaign to educate parents about the benefits of taking their children to the dentist by age 1 and to encourage them to schedule a visit.
Here’s what Dr. Katina Morelli, DDS, dental director for the Delta Dental of Illinois and a dentist a South Barrington Dental, has to say about taking your child to the dentist by age 1:
A visit by age 1 may seem young, but it lets you and your child develop a relationship with a dentist, which can help set a foundation for good oral health and detect potential dental problems before they progress. Your little one could have pain in one of his or her teeth, but may be too young to tell you.
The first dental visit is simple and really acts as a well-baby checkup for your child’s teeth and mouth. It typically includes an examination for normal growth and development, checking for cavities and educating parents on good oral health care. This may include information about brushing and flossing, diet and nutrition, the use of fluoride and prevention of cavity-causing bacteria passing from parent to child.
And, there’s an added bonus of getting your child to the dentist at age 1. Not only can early preventive dental care ease the pain and suffering from unchecked dental problems, but it can also save in future dental treatment costs. Studies have shown that dental costs for children who have their first dental visits before age one are 40 percent lower in the first five years than for those who do not see a dentist prior to their first birthday.
In conjunction with the campaign, the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation is offering one of my readers an electric toothbrush ($160 value) to help promote good oral health! (Open to Illinois residents only).
- Leave a comment about your child’s first trip to the dentist or something funny about their oral health care habits. Leave your email address in the comment so I can contact you if you win.
For an additional entry:
- Pledge to take your kids to the dentist by age 1 or to regular visits at www.dentistby1.com and leave a separate comments below. When you pledge, Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation will donate an oral health kit to a local, underprivileged child and will also send you a kit! (Kits include a toothbrush, floss, toothpaste and a children’s oral health tip sheet.)
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No purchase necessary. Open to Illinois residents 18 & older. Odds of winning determined by the number of eligible entries. Not responsible for technical or typographical errors. Void where prohibited by law.