Stories about dentistry


Maine gets an A for children’s dental care, but lacks basic dental literacy

By Meg Haskell on May 23, 2011, at 11:43 p.m.
Maine is one of just seven states to earn an A on a new national survey of children’s access to dental health services. Although that’s good news in important regards, one public health expert says it should not be confused with the real goal: that all Maine children should have …

Children dental health reflects parent’s habits

By Jonathan Shenkin on Nov. 22, 2010, at 8:02 p.m.
Children learn by example. Yet, many parents seem to think their youngsters will adopt healthy habits on their own, even when the parents’ own behavior sets the stage for disease. For example, to help prevent cavities, I often recommend that children brush their teeth twice a day with a fluoride …
Two students at the New York University College of Dentistry work on Keaghan Castleberry, 7, of Cherryfield, at the week-long dental outreach program being held this week at Machias. The four-year program is bringing all forms of dental care and maintenance to Washington County residents that do not have a local dentist. People were lined up outside the door on Monday, the first day of the clinic, and 83 children and 40 adults received treatment. "Some people drove three to four hours to receive treatment," Dr. Amr Mouris, the head of NYU's Department of Pediatric Dentistry said. "These parents are really eager to learn what to do to maintain good oral health." As for Castleberry, after his treatment he said simply "They were really nice." (Bangor Daily News/Sharon Kiley Mack)

Free dental clinic offered in Machias

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 05, 2010, at 9:19 p.m.
His glasses still a bit askew on his small face, 7-year-old Keaghan Castleberry admitted Tuesday that he was a bit nervous coming in for his dental appointment. But after he had a cavity filled and a cleaning, he flashed a bright smile and said, “They were really …

Belfast health center joins Bangor firm

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 30, 2010, at 11:45 p.m.
The medical practitioners at Seaport Family Practice say they have been expanding their services to better care for the people of Waldo County …
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