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Minnesotan program to offer free dental care to low-income children
Updated: 1/18/2011 7:00:02 PM

Children Visiting the dentist is not always an option for some low-income and uninsured families. To address this problem, thousands of Minnesotan dentists will offer up two days of dental care to children through the "Give Kids a Smile" program early this February, according to Public News Service. The care will be completely free of charge.

Children benefit greatly from having healthy teeth and an attractive smile. Many child experts note that the quality of one's teeth can affect social fluidity, interpersonal skills and speech development, Public News Service reports.

A flawed smile or damaged teeth may potentially cause social anxiety and self-consciousness amongst children. Experiencing pain from cavities, tooth decay and damaged gums can, moreover, decrease a child's ability to perform and concentrate in school.

Parents are advised to impress the need for daily flossing and brushing on their children to best prevent tooth decay, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). Regular dental exams are essential to maintaining a child's oral health, the ADA adds.

Parents may want to encourage their children to engage in routine dental cleanings, minimizing their anxiety over the process as much as possible.

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