Letters: Prevent dental problems
February 1, 2013 10:20PM
Updated: March 4, 2013 6:11AM
On a late afternoon at the Will County Community Health Center Dental Clinic (1106 Neal Avenue, Joliet), I reviewed the chart of my last patient of the day.
She was a beautiful 2-year-old girl who needed fillings, but was fortunate because her parents brought her for treatment in time to save her wonderful smile.
Untreated tooth decay affects more American children than any other chronic infectious disease. It causes pain that affects the ability to eat, speak and even learn. Untreated decay can also lead to baby root canals and crowns, abscesses, extractions, and sometimes even widespread infections. These types of aggressive dental diseases are frustrating to dentists because they know that most dental problems can be prevented.
The combination of dental sealants and fluoride can eliminate nearly all tooth decay in school-aged children. At the Will County Community Health Center, our dental staff takes pride in educating families and preventing dental disease.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month; a good time to create awareness about the critical need for regular oral hygiene. We will be doing all we can to promote the oral hygiene message in local schools and throughout the community.
Our mobile dental van will be creating awareness through scheduled visits to nearby schools and homeless shelters. Other awareness activities are planned for the community health center, including free dental screenings, videos, and a dental page coloring contest for children ages 5 to 10 years old.
Please join us in celebrating Children’s Dental Health Month, and creating the awareness necessary to help us prevent serious dental disease all year long.
Sangita Garg D.D.S.
Will County Community Health Center
Show some respect
In reporting on President Barack Obama’s second term pre-inaugural ceremony, I could not believe that your newspaper decided not to run this historic story on the cover, but rather bury it on page 22 right next to the obituaries.
I felt this was not only disrespectful to our nation’s highest office leader, but also to your dedicated readership who turns to your publication for current local and national news. In the future, I would hope that you will show more respect for our U.S. president and other elected officials.