Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Cavities Are Contagious

Dentist kidsLOUISVILLE, Ky. (2/24/14) – Dental caries, commonly known as tooth decay, is the single most common chronic childhood disease.

In fact, it is an infectious disease.

Mothers with cavities can transmit caries-producing oral bacteria to their babies when they clean pacifiers by sticking them in their own mouths or by sharing spoons.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, free dental screenings are available for first time pediatric patients through the end of spring at UofL School of Denistry.

According to Liliana Rozo, D.D.S., assistant profesor, University of Louisville School of Dentistry, tooth decay can have a detrimental effect on a child’s quality of life, performance in school and success in life. The disease can cause pain, inability to chew food well, embarrassment about discolored or damaged teeth, and distraction from play and learning.

These are among the tips a dentist can discuss with parents during a free dental screening for children who are first time patients of the UofL School of Dentistry. This promotion is being offered now through the end of spring. Call (502) 852-5642 to schedule an appointment.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) encourages parents to find a dental home for their baby as soon as the child’s first tooth erupts. Regular visits to a pediatric dentist will help parents become familiar with their child's dental and oral health milestones. They’ll inform parents about teething, proper oral hygiene habits, normal tooth development, and trauma prevention. Nutritional counseling also will be a part of the discussion. Often, Rozo said, parents do not make the connection between oral health and overall health, but they are related.

The mouth is an open door for many microbial infections to enter the bloodstream. Poor oral health may be a risk factor for systemic disease. Oral health manifestations, such as bleeding or dry mouth can indicate the presence of a systemic disease or exacerbate the effects of an existing disease such as diabetes and heart disease.

So parents, too, should make their own oral health care a priority in order to help their children stay healthy, said Rozo, an AAPD board certified pediatric dentist.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Julie Heflin

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

In Other News...

Man Arrested for DUI, Carrying Concealed Weapon

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (9/15/14) — Madisonville Police conducted a traffic stop on the corner of South Madison Avenue and… Read More

Owensboro Police Conduct Investigations

OWENSBORO, Ky. (9/15/14) — Owensboro Police are conducting the following investigations: A report of third degree… Read More
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

September 12, 2014 17126

Woman's Body Found in Theater Day After…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
September 13, 2014 3480

MPD Responds to a Disturbance at Baptist…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 11, 2014 3169

Subject of Officer-Involved Shooting…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
September 11, 2014 2534

Suspect Arrested for Possession of…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 11, 2014 2414

Two Accidents Occur on U.S. 62 Within…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

September 13, 2014 3480

MPD Responds to a Disturbance at Baptist…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 11, 2014 2534

Suspect Arrested for Possession of…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 11, 2014 1995

Three Injured in Early Morning Two-Car…

in Top Stories by Officer Falon Graham
September 12, 2014 1863

Madisonville Man Arrested for Disturbing…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 12, 2014 1539

Earlington Woman Jailed for Trying to…

in Top Stories by MPD Officer Matt Sanderson

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

September 11, 2014 1465

Owensboro Police Department Activity…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
September 11, 2014 1424

Owensboro Parks Plans Fall Day Camp

in News by Brittni Bunn
September 11, 2014 1203

Special Events Committee Meeting Date,…

in News by Beth Cecil
September 11, 2014 1203

Daviess County Public Library Plans Events

in News by Leslie McCarty
September 12, 2014 1152

Ursuline Presentation 'Spirituality of…

in News by Jennifer Kaminski

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

September 11, 2014 3169

Subject of Officer-Involved Shooting…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
September 11, 2014 2414

Two Accidents Occur on U.S. 62 Within…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
September 15, 2014 2140

Man Accused of Stalking Woman During Her…

in Top Stories by GPD PIO Wes Miller
September 11, 2014 1913

Job Corps Students Volunteer with…

in Top Stories by Karen Robinson
September 12, 2014 1828

Paradise Residents Plan First Reunion…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 03social 04social 22social 21social 06