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By Bryana Allen | Oct 14, 2015

Smiling Girl

February is Children’s Oral Health Month and the perfect time to celebrate growing smiles.

Your child’s smile is priceless. But the cost of keeping that smile healthy isn’t some abstract value. On average, dental costs make up 20% of a child’s total health expenses.

Dental care costs can be daunting — but the cost of not having dental care can be detrimental. Almost 1 in 4 children have untreated tooth decay, which can lead to future costs and health problems. What’s more, cavities are nearly 100% preventable.

Protect your child’s smile with these 3 tips:

1. Treat baby teeth like grownup teeth.

Just because we lose our baby teeth doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take care of them. Baby teeth are place holders for adult teeth and cavities in baby teeth can spread to permanent teeth. Brush baby’s teeth as soon as they emerge and be sure they see the dentist by their first birthday.

2. Invest in preventative care.

The average cost for a child’s checkup is $61 without insurance. The average cavity treatment costs $139 per tooth.

Good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups are a great way to help prevent cavities. You can even talk to your child’s dentist about sealants and topical fluoride varnishes to further protect against cavities.

3. Use your dental benefits.

Dental coverage is designed to keep teeth healthy and save you money. Think of it as a maintenance plan for smiles. Not using your benefits for routine exams and cleanings is like skipping an oil change for your car, which can lead to complicated and expensive problems down the road.

Investing in your child’s smile is a worthwhile expense.

Visit for more tips on keeping smiles healthy.

Visit Wellbody Academy’s Germnasium for a hands-on oral health experience.