Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease: U.S. Surgeon General
PLANTATION, Fla., February 23, 2017 (Newswire.com) - It’s the top childhood chronic illness in America, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. 51 million school hours missed each year. More than 40 percent of children are affected by the time they reach kindergarten.
This widespread ailment is tooth decay. It affects children five times more often than asthma and is seven times more common than hay fever. And, sadly, many kids are without access to professional dental care.
Therefore, Solstice Benefits, Inc., a dental insurer headquartered in South Florida, recognizes February as National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM). Sponsored each year by the American Dental Association, the campaign is aimed to promote the benefits of good oral health habits in children.
“Good dental health practices start early,” advises Dr. Leonard Weiss, dentist and Solstice Chief Executive Officer. “The sooner children learn brushing and attention to oral hygiene, the better. Parents can brush baby teeth twice a day as soon as they erupt.”
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see a dentist within six months of when the first tooth appears, or no later than the child’s first birthday—whichever happens first. While young children might feel nervous, some great ways to prepare include a reassuring talk beforehand and reading children’s books about visiting the dentist.
Dental insurance is a great way to reduce costs for visiting the dentist and preventive care. Families without dental insurance can also consider dental discount plans, which generally offer discounted rates at the dentist for a low and affordable monthly membership fee.
Founded in 1998, Solstice provides dental, vision and other coverage to more than 700,000 members nationally, and has built the current No. 1 largest DHMO/EPO provider networks in both Florida and New York. In 2013, Solstice created an innovative private health exchange—the Solstice Marketplace. The award-winning platform offers a customizable portal for business management, as well as group enrollment.
In 2016, Solstice was ranked the No. 16 insurance company and No. 1,408 overall on Inc. magazine’s 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. This was the insurer’s fifth consecutive year on the Inc. 5000 list.
Headquartered in Plantation, Fla., Solstice and its subsidiaries also offer Third Party Administration (TPA) services in the Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia markets—and are in the process of expanding nationwide. For information on Solstice, contact 1.877.760.2247 or visit www.SolsticeBenefits.com and www.SolsticeMarketplace.com.
 US Department of Health and Human Services. Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General-- Executive Summary . Rockville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, 2000.
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Source: Solstice Benefits