Many people go to the 9Health Fair to get the low-cost blood screenings but there are also over 20 free screenings, and one of those is for oral health.
It’s not just about teeth, poor oral hygiene can also lead to other health problems, “Oral health is linked to overall health and some chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease,” explains Dr. William Bailey from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine.
People at an early age should get into good practices. Regular dental visits, brushing regularly, flossing and watching what you eat are all important steps in preventing dental diseases and keeping you in good health.
That early age that we should all start going to the dentist is likely sooner than you think, “The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child goes to the dentist for the first time by the age of 1 or within six months of getting their first tooth,” says Dr. Bailey.
It’s important to be sure to take care of those primary, or baby teeth, until they’re lost naturally. Baby teeth help children chew properly, help with speech development and save space for permanent teeth.
Kids and adults can get a free oral health screening at a 9Health Fair which is a good way to check and see if you have any oral health issues going on, “We’ll be looking for clinical signs of tooth and gum disease as well as oral abnormalities. People will also learn about risk factors for oral disease and be educated about the connection between oral health and your general overall health,” says Dr. Bailey.
After a 9Health Fair, you should discuss the findings of the free oral health screening with your regular dentist.
The oral health screening is just one of the many free and affordable screenings offered at a 9Health Fair. Click here to see all of them. To see the fairs offering dental screenings for kids, click here.
The fair at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is Saturday, April 26th from 7 am – 12 pm. You can also see at all the remaining 9Health fairs, and pre-register, by clicking here. You do not need to register if you only wish to participate in the free screenings.