Because Baby Teeth Matter

Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease – and it is preventable.

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The consequences of tooth decay can hinder a child’s ability to learn and advance in school, affect their self esteem, and cause eating, sleeping and speech problems.

From the First Tooth (FTFT) is a prevention initiative whose goal is to improve the oral health of Maine children.  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children have their first oral health check up by age one. FTFT staff train healthcare providers all over the state how to do a basic oral health assessment, apply fluoride varnish to all newly erupted teeth, coach parents how to properly care for their child's mouth, and refer to a dental home.

Oral Health Drivers Diagram

Children receive fluoride varnish at well child visits with their healthcare provider from approximately 6 months to 42 months. At this time, the healthcare providers will assist the family in transitioning the child to a local dentist.   For a comprehensive list of Pediatric Dentists and Dental Clinics in Maine, listed by County click here.