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February 21, 2014

Kid's smiles a focus of Dental Health Month

Niagara Gazette — Six-year-old William and Sophia Brass have been regularly visiting the dentist since their baby teeth first appeared. Their mom and dad make sure they brush twice a day and give them gifts of new toothbrushes for each holiday.

But the real gift from their parents, William and Stephanie Brass, is the news delivered recently from Dr. Niusha Zohur, a dentist at Aspire Family Dental at 1705 Pine Ave., that the twins remain cavity free. 

As February is national Dental Health Month, Zohur joined other area dental health care providers in speaking out on ways parents can keep their children’s teeth pearly white; including reminders that dental health insurance can be affordable. In addition, a local non-profit is offering free dental checkups to its special-needs pre-schoolers, and representatives from a non-profit health insurance company issued a reminder that pediatric dental insurance can be extremely affordable.

As Stephanie and William underwent their regular six-month cleaning and exam recently, their dentist took some time to offer advice on keeping children’s teeth healthy.

“We recommend that checkups start at about six months, after the first tooth erupts and before their first birthday,” said Zohur, adding that parents should also guide little ones through gum cleaning, flossing and brushing two times a day, and provide a recommended fluoride treatment every six months. The treatments take about a minute and include flavors like cotton candy and cherry cheesecake to make the procedures a little more fun for children, according to dental hygienist Stephanie Kundl.

Kundl says that bringing children to the dentist at an early age helps to get them comfortable in the dentist’s chair. “It desensitizes them to the sounds and different sensations,” she explained. “Once they are older, they’re more comfortable at the dentist’s office.”

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