You may have adequate healthcare coverage for your children for primary care visits, ER visits, and prescriptions, but these plans may not include dental care. Thankfully, in Colorado, your child may qualify for a health plan plus (CHP+) if you earn too much for Medicaid but not enough for a private dental plan. CHP dental coverage provides a lot of preventative care that you'll want to take advantage of. Here are just a few types of services that are provided by CHP and how they'll benefit your child.
Tooth Cleanings and Fillings
According to nih.gov, tooth decay (cavities) and periodontal disease are the two most prevalent dental diseases; and, they can be a great burden for children. Cavities are caused by oral bacteria that de-mineralize and destroy enamel. They can cause your children pain and, if left untreated, could require root canals or extractions. Even cavities in baby teeth are a problem because if these teeth need to be extracted too early, then adult teeth may crowd together as they erupt. Periodontal disease is also caused by oral bacteria, and this disease isn't just seen in adults. It can cause inflammation and destroy oral structures in children if left untreated.
In short, regular tooth cleanings can help your child keep decay and periodontal disease at bay. If your child does have a little bit of decay, then fillings can be beneficial since the decay can be removed and sealed.
X-rays are important because your dentist will be able to spot any abscesses or bone issues that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Your dentist will be able to see your child's unerupted adult teeth to make sure they will come in correctly. X-rays help the dentist figure out the best course of action regarding orthodontics so that your child won't have to have extensive work later on.
Sealants are resin materials that can be painted onto teeth and then set with a curing light. Sealants are a great way to protect your child's enamel from decay since they act like a shield and keep bacteria away. In fact, in the first couple of years after their application, sealants can deter about 80% of cavities for 2 years.
Fluoride is an element that can strengthen enamel. Your community may have fluoridated tap water, which can certainly help to decrease cavities. However, your child can certainly benefit from fluoride treatments at his or her appointments since it protects teeth from cavities.
Ultimately, these preventative dental services are a great way to keep your child's oral health in good shape so he or she doesn't need extensive surgeries, appliances, or oral prostheses later on. Contact a health provider in your area like Youth Dental & Vision today to learn more about CHP dental services and how to get coverage.