The Delta Dental of Rhode Island Fund has contributed matching gifts of $90,000 to TeethFirst!, a statewide oral health campaign encouraging and supporting early dental visits for children under age three. TeethFirst! is an initiative of the Rhode Island Oral Health Commission with Rhode Island Kids Count serving as the lead agency.
TeethFirst! recognizes the importance of making children’s teeth a priority from the very start. Early visits to the dentist help establish good habits and prevent problems from developing down the road.
At Delta Dental, we know that good oral health begins the moment a baby is born. Even before there are teeth to brush, parents should use a clean, damp washcloth to wipe their child’s gums after every feeding. And sugar-sweetened beverages – even milk contains natural sugars – should be limited to prevent damage to teeth.
Following the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, TeethFirst! recommends that children visit the dentist within six months of getting their first tooth – and no later than their first birthday. The first visit helps establish a relationship with the dentist and can prevent future problems from developing.
For more information, including tips for parents, dentists, and pediatricians, visit teethfirstri.org.