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Dental health brought to children
Updated: 12/24/2008 2:00:21 PM

Maryland children get dental care in school Instead of missing school for a dentist appointment, Maryland children are getting their dental care visits personally delivered to them.

A new program created by Howard county officials has area dentists visit local schools at least three times a year to conduct and tout the importance of good dental health to students in kindergarten through the second grade, ExploreHoward.com reports.

Recently, dentists visited Bollman Bridge Elementary School in Jessup to apply dental sealant to the children's molars to prevent future cavities, according to the article.

"It makes a real difference in preventing chronic diseases. We've been able to increase tenfold, maybe twentyfold, the number of children in the county who receive dental treatment," Dr Peter Beilenson, county health officer, told the news provider.

The program, which started three years ago, involves three visits, states ExploreHoward.com. The first visit teaches children about proper dental care and permission slips for treatment are sent home to parents.

With the signed slips, the children then receive a teeth cleaning and fluoride. The final visit is when they get the sealant on molars.

The sealant helps prevent childhood teeth decay, which is the most common childhood disease, according to the American Dental Association.

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