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Pediatricians provide fluoride varnish to underprivileged kids without dental insurance
Updated: 6/9/2011 6:59:58 PM

Pediatricians may apply a fluoride varnish that can protect children Many children go without proper dental care and some develop serious health conditions as a result. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 78 percent of American children have been to the dentist within the previous year.

To help reduce the negative effects of inadequate dental care, some pediatricians are taking preventive measures to help their underprivileged patients avoid cavities and decay.

A recent article published by the Minnesota-based Star Tribune reported that there has been a push for primary care providers to give children in low-income families a type of fluoride varnish that can be quickly painted on to the teeth.

The news provider explained that the treatment can help protect teeth against cavities when applied once every three to four months. However, this does not replace the need for regular trips to the dentist.

"We [as doctors] are licensed to take care of our patients, and the mouth is part of the body. We have an obligation to do something. And this something takes less than three minutes," said University of Minnesota pediatrician Amos Deinard, quoted by the news source.

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