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Dr. Goldasich attends ADA Give Kids A Smile 2018

Give Kids A Smile celebrates its 16th anniversary in 2018. Through the ADA Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile program, launched nationally by the ADA in 2003, more than 5.5 million underserved children have received free oral health services. In 2017, these free services were provided by more than 30,000 dental team members, 8,000 of whom are dentists. GKAS would not be possible without the continued support of national sponsors Henry Schein, Colgate and KaVo Kerr.
Each year, Give Kids A Smile is celebrated nationally on the first Friday in February. GKAS events are intended as touch points for children who do not receive dental care. The ultimate goal is to establish a dental home for these children and continuity of care, according to the ADA Foundation website.

Greetings from Cheryl Goldasich, DDS,

If you primarily drink bottled or filtered water in your home, you may want to heed the American Dental Association's (ADA) recommendation on the use of fluoride to protect your children from the pain of cavities. Doing so can also save you a lot of money in unwanted pediatric tooth repair. Fluoride, found naturally and in many municipalities' tap water, plays a major role in preventing tooth decay. The mineral strengthens tooth enamel and makes teeth more resistant to attacks from plaque, bacteria and sugars in the mouth.

In the recent study, an expert panel established by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs concluded that professionally applied fluoride treatments can reduce cavities in school-aged children and young adults. Specifically, it noted that a fluoride varnish applied every six months can help prevent dental decay in a typical child and even significantly help high-risk patients (those very prone to cavities).

Cavities can cost thousands of dollars to repair. Preventative fluoride treatments, as recommended by the ADA, cost a mere fraction of that amount.

Wondering if your child could benefit from additional fluoride? Call us today to make a consultation appointment, or ask your doctor or hygienist during your next preventative visit.

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