National Children’s Dental Health Month

Posted by Dr. Robert Mansman in Articles on Tue, Jan 10, 2012

As February approaches, it is most important that the general public and health care professionals alike remember that it is National Children’s Dental Health Month.  

Dental decay is the number one untreated disease in the country; even more prevalent then asthma.  We are very aware, as a society, the cosmetic benefits that dentistry can offer, but the systemic impact of untreated dental decay, especially in the pediatric population, is often overlooked. Untreated decay can lead to abscesses, missed school, systemic concerns, and exacerbation of already existing diseases such as diabetes.  

Diet and prevention are the key to battling this nationwide epidemic.  Children should be completely off the bottle by  the age of 1 and have had there first preventative dental exam.  Juices and soda should be limited to meal times, and children should be supervised while brushing, and often helped, until about the age of 10; the age at which children have the dexterity to begin brushing themselves.  

Just as with “well-baby” pediatric visits with the physician, it is of utmost importance to begin preventative visits with a pediatric dentist to ensure a lifetime of both oral and systemic health.

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About Dr. Robert Mansman

I am originally from the Finger Lakes region of Upstate NY and moved to Richmond, VA when I was 15 years old. It was there where I went to undergrad at VCU graduating with a BS is Biology, Magna Cum Laude and University Honors. From there I attended the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry and obtained my DDS degree, Cum Laude. Shortly after graduation, I joined the Army and began a one-year AEGD residency at Fort Meade, MD. Following completion of that, I began my second residency in pediatrics at VCU, again in Richmond, where I was named chief resident and obtained my masters degree. I then served as the Chief of Pediatric Dentistry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in DC. Here I treated many children with special needs, many of which were hospitalized, which began my passion of helping this young population of children. I also was a member of their cleft lip and palate team. I strive to make every child feel special and comfortable while in our office just as I would my own daughters: Ava and Ella.

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