TAMPA, Fla.--(Argus Dental Plan (www.argusdental.com) warns that parents may not realize that the most common chronic childhood disease is tooth decay. Nearly 25 percent of preschoolers have baby-teeth cavities before they enter kindergarten, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)--
“If decay does occur, it must be treated early for the best possible outcomes.”
“Thousands of families are uninsured but do not qualify for Medicaid, causing children to lack access to regular and affordable dental care,” said Nicholas Kavouklis, DMD, founder and president of Argus Dental Plan, which provides quality-based Prepaid Dental Plans, Dental Discount Plans, Dental Saving Accounts, Dental PPO, and HMO.
The National Children’s Oral Health Foundation estimates that 17 million children in America don’t have dental care every year.
“With routine screenings and scheduled visits to a dentist, tooth decay can be prevented,” added Kavouklis. “If decay does occur, it must be treated early for the best possible outcomes.”
Children who have untreated tooth decay can experience considerable pain that they might not be able to articulate. Further, poor oral health in childhood contributes to problems from missed school days and impaired learning ability to inadequate nutrition due to how oral health affects diet. Poor oral health also can impair speech development and self-esteem.
A startling statistic about pediatric health is from the U.S. Surgeon General, who reported that children lose more than 51 million school hours overall because of dental-related problems.
According to Kavouklis, pediatric dental care is one of the best investments for keeping children healthy. Seeing a dentist regularly can contribute to a child’s ability to succeed in school, and provides a foundation for lifelong oral health.
About Argus Dental Plan (www.argusdental.com):
Founded in 2007 by a Florida dentist, Argus Dental Plan provides dental benefits that offer value and quality to all members. Argus is licensed through the Florida Department of Insurance and is owned and operated by professionals with extensive experience with dental insurance and clinical dentistry. The Argus network of thousands of providers is conveniently located throughout Florida. Through collaboration between consumers, dentists and insurance agents, Argus has developed flexible benefit plans to meet the specific needs of individuals, families, large and small employer groups, governmental agencies, and associations of all sizes.