Few things in the world are more endearing than a child’s smile. Yet, when we think about dental care, particularly for children, the thought process often stops at brushing teeth routinely – and maybe flossing, if you’re lucky. 

For instance, many believe temporary baby teeth don’t require the same attention as adult teeth. However, studies show that more than 1 in 5 children ages 2 to 5 experience tooth decay, compromising their oral health well before they can build good habits. Taking care of your mouth from an early age can be vital to helping prevent disease later in life, since bacteria and inflammation associated with gum disease can contribute to conditions such as endocarditis, heart disease or pneumonia.

Though the disruption of 2020 upended the usual self-care routines for some families, many are determined to get back on track as 2021 moves forward. Recognizing that employees may have concerns about their family’s oral health, advisors can work with clients to help their workers feel more secure in their ability to pay for dental care. In most cases, that process starts by reviewing company benefits offerings and educating employees on the importance of monitoring their family’s dental hygiene.

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