GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) As kids start a new school year, they need a dental checkup just as much as they need a physical. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children see a dentist by 12 months old or as soon as they have teeth.
Good dental health tips:
- Stay away from sugar-sweetened beverages
- Snack smart: choose healthy options. Stay away from sticky snacks, including fruit snacks
- Parents: model good dental hygiene
Families in Kent County can receive free dental coverage through Healthy Kids Dental. If offers free dental coverage through Delta Dental for children who are Medicaid beneficiaries. Right now, coverage continues through age 12 but as of October 1, it continues through age 21. Visit the Delta Dental website to locate a participating dentist or contact Health Net of West Michigan.