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Non-Profit Dental Clinic Opens for Operation in Colorado

Birmingham AL dentistDental clinics aren’t known for being cheap.

But one dental clinic in Longmont, Colorado is trying to change that perception: Longmont’s Dental Aid clinic is currently offering dental services for free.

Dental Aid partnered with an American Dental Association program called Give Kids a Smile, which aims to provide dental care to underprivileged children across America.

A recent Denver Post article followed the story of local eight-year old Jessica, who started third grade this past September. Jessica’s mother began searching for affordably-priced dental care in her local area when she read about the Give Kids a Smile program. Jessica’s mother was pleased to learn the nearest affiliated clinic was just a five minute drive away.

The first visit to Dental Aid revealed “quite a few cavities” according to clinic dentist Wayne Franz.

Cavities are a problem at any age, but they’re especially problematic for young children. Early childhood cavities are known as caries, and they can lead to severe dental problems as the child ages:

“One-third of all 3-year-olds, from all socioeconomic levels, have cavities, but the patients we see at Dental Aid don’t have the access to dental care that privately insured patients have,” says Darby Barfield, a pediatric dentist who works at a Dental Aid clinic in Louisville.

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Rethinking Free Sugars Intake

White and brown sugar on wooden spoons on rustic wooden surfaceFree sugars make up a large part of our diet. For years, doctors and dentists have warned us about the devastating effects of sugar on the diet. Today, some of those effects are starting to emerge:

A new report from University College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine indicates that sugars in the diet should make up “no more than 3% of total energy intake.”

Those whose diet involves more than 3% sugar intake are at a substantially higher risk for all sorts of dental and health problems.

Here are some of the significant findings from the report:

60% to 90% of school-age children and the “vast majority” of adults are affected by tooth decay

92% of adults aged 20 to 64 have experienced tooth decay in at least one of their permanent teeth

-Industrialized countries spend 5% to 10% of their total health expenditure on treating dental diseases

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Take Control of Your Oral Health with Smart Snacking

Did you know your pantry could be the leading cause of your tooth decay? Many people keep their pantry loaded with chips, candies, cookies and sugary snacks that don’t provide any true nutritional value or benefit for our oral health.

This doesn’t mean you can’t have a few snacks you enjoy from time to time, but don’t let your pantry become the headquarters of snacks that reduce your oral health.

Take a moment to learn how you can make smart snacking decisions.

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