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On February 27, as part of National Children's Dental Health Month, the staff at Casa de Amigos and several other Midland, Texas area dental professionals held a free dental fair for underserved children from low-income families, MyWestTexas.com reports.
Along with dental screenings, children who attended the fair received free toothbrushes and educational pamphlets on how to properly care for their teeth and gums. There were also displays set up to show parents and children how damaging sugar can be on teeth if they are not properly brushed.
Dr Mark Cox, who performed oral screenings at the dental fair, stressed to children and parents how important preventative dental care can be.
"If they have to pay for it [later] it winds up being $10,000 to $12,000 to fix the kids' teeth," said Cox. "It causes them to have a lot of other health problems later." He added that oral health problems generally occur before symptoms surface.
Childhood tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. Visiting a dentist can help prevent or reduce the incidence of decay through preventative and restorative care.
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