Children's Dental Health
How often should children visit the dentist?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), most children should see the dentist twice a year. Some children may need to go more frequently. Your dentist will let you know how frequent the visits need to be.
During a typical dental visit, your child can expect
- A cleaning to remove debris that builds up on teeth and between the gums
- Fluoride treatments that help strengthen teeth and prevent cavities
- Hygiene instructions about brushing and flossing
The AAPD recommends that children begin their routine dental visits at age one.
Sources: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, January 2002
Children and Airbag Safety
Make sure children riding in your car are protected from airbags
The back seat, away from air bags, is the safest place for children to ride.
Nearly 20 percent of children killed by passenger airbags were infants in rear-facing car seats placed in front of a passenger airbag. Infants should never ride in the front seat, period.
If for some reason an older child must ride in the front seat, move the seat as far back as possible and make sure the child is buckled in. But the general rule should be that children should always ride in the back seat.
Source: The National Safe Kids Campaign; The American Academy of Pediatrics - January 2002
Kids' Kitchen Safety
Connections for Your Health
- Cook on back burners as much as possible. If you do need to use the front burners, keep pot handles turned away from the front of the stove.
- Get covers for the stove's knobs.
- Toddlers and tablecloths are a bad combination. Children learning to walk may grab the tablecloth and risk serious injury from hot food and drinks.
- Make sure any hot foods or liquids are out of children's reach.
- Don't store snack foods near the oven.
Keeping up close relationships is good for our health. Studies have shown that:
- Women who feel socially isolated had a higher risk of dying of cancer
- Elderly men in Sweden who lived alone or had little emotional support had two times the premature death rate as other men.
- People with risk factors for heart disease have lower rates of heart attack if they have strong social ties.
On Valentine's Day, it's great to have a romantic partner, but don't forget to nurture relationships with many people in your life-all year long.
Source: S. Holt. The Natural Way to a Healthy Heart. M. Evans and Company, Inc., New York, New York, 10017, 1999. D. Ornish. Love and Survival. HarperCollins Publishers, New York, New York, 10022, 1998.
Buckle Up in the Back
We've known for a while that back seat passengers are safer when they buckle up. A recent study shows that front seat passenger are also safer when riders in the back are wearing seat belts.
The researchers said that in the five-year period they studied, 80 percent of the deaths of front-seat passengers wearing seat belts might have been avoided if back seat passengers had been belted too. That's because, the researchers wrote, "unbelted rear passengers can be thrown forward, increasing the forces on front-seat occupants."
The Lancet 2002; 359: 43-44.