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Colorado program aims to get kids to the dentist earlier
Updated: 12/3/2012 5:58:09 AM

The American Dental Association states that children need to go to the dentist by the age of 1, or whenever their first tooth appears. However, many parents wait until their kids have several teeth before sending them to the dentist, and by then, they may already have a mouth full of cavities. Now, Colorado has launched an initiative to encourage parents to take their kids to the dentist earlier.

The Fowler Tribune reported that the University of Colorado Medical School has launched a program called "Cavity Free at Three," which aims to educate parents about the importance of bringing kids to the dentist by the age of 1.

"Children are not getting to the dentist early enough. Prevention is key. If we can keep these children decay-free until they get to preschool or until they get to kindergarten, then we know they have a lifetime of better outcomes," Karen Savoie, who runs the program, told the Fowler Tribune.

According to the news source, a survey showed that many Colorado kids did not go to the dentist at least once last year, when they should go at least twice a year. 

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