Fluoride is a mineral that helps teeth become more resistant to decay (cavities). You can help prevent your child from getting cavities by making sure they drink ﬂuoridated water and brush at least twice daily with ﬂuoride toothpaste. For many children, this daily ﬂuoride exposure is enough to protect them for a lifetime.
But, has your child had a cavity in the past three years? If you answered yes, he or she is likely at higher-risk for tooth decay in the future. If your child is at higher risk for future tooth decay, you should also talk to your dentist about prescription-strength ﬂuoride that can be applied in their ofﬁce two or more times per year. Unfortunately, many higher-risk children are not receiving this protective treatment.
Although 2.5 million of the children Delta Dental covers are considered to be at higher-risk for cavities, 70 percent of them did not receive the recommended two or more ﬂuoride treatments per year.1 The great news is that many of Delta Dental’s beneﬁts plans cover preventive care, like two ﬂuoride treatments per year, at 100 percent.
Take a look at your plan and make sure you are using preventive treatments to their full advantage – most are simple, painless and inexpensive. They can save your child from future pain and discomfort that often accompany tooth decay, and save you from paying for expensive ﬁllings, crowns, or root canals. Delta Dental knows that you are doing your best to keep your family healthy, and that’s why we want to help you assess your child’s risk for oral disease and give you the information you need to help take steps to prevent or treat them. Delta
Dental’s myDentalScore risk assessment tool provides you with leading edge technology to evaluate your family’s oral health. By taking just three minutes to answer a few simple questions, you will receive an easy to understand oral health scores report that tells you exactly where your child stands for risk of oral diseases. Once you have the report, consult with your dentist to determine the best treatment patterns for your child’s oral health needs.
For answers to all of your oral health questions and to access the myDentalScore risk assessment tool, visit Delta Dental’s oral health education website at oralhealth.deltadental.com.1
1The Preventive Dental Care Study is a landmark claims study of Delta Dental’s more than 90 million dental claims that investigated whether higher-risk children and adults were receiving the preventive care they needed. For more information on the study, visit deltadental.com/pdcstudy.