Children’s self-image ‘can be improved through cosmetic dentistry’
Cosmetic dentistry is important to children’s self-image, it has been claimed.
At a recent Child Welfare Dental Summit in LA, the director of the county’s department of children and family services highlighted the importance of dental health to the confidence of young people, reports the Pasadena Star-News.
Patricia A Ploehn called for dental industry professionals to provide low-cost or free cosmetic dentistry services to young people in LA, citing insufficient funds from the government following health service cutbacks.
"There is nothing for orthodontics or cosmetic dentistry that’s so important to a child’s self-image … and we’re asking professionals to come to the table to say they will partner with us and provide low or no-cost services," she explained, according to the publication.
Working groups representing professionals from the dental industry discussed solutions to the problem of under-funding for the dental health of children in care.
And prevention is better than cure when it comes to teeth, noted Dr Lynnette Jackson of Arcadia, a paediatric dentist working for Harbor-UCLA Medical Centre and MLK Jr Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Centre.
Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, has this week warned that seeking dental treatment abroad can potentially be a "nightmare" if the operation goes wrong.