Telluride Med Center: Now Keeping Kids Cavity Free

Telluride Med Center: Now Keeping Kids Cavity Free

Last month the primary care team at the Telluride Regional Medical Center underwent training to offer better preventive dental and oral health services to children, with a focus on infants and toddlers.

The training was provided by the Cavity Free at Three project managed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Thanks to this project, primary care providers and nurses are now able to perform an oral exam, provide a fluoride varnish application and offer dental hygiene education during routine well-child checks.

“This is a such a great opportunity for our youngest community members to get started at an early age with good oral health and cavity prevention services” said Emily McGough, a primary care nurse at the Medical Center.

While most children see their primary care provider regularly throughout their infancy and toddlerhood, they often don’t see a dentist until much later. The American Dental Association recommends children visit the dentist before their first birthday.

“We think this training will have a substantial impact on the families we serve. Cavities are completely preventable and we’re now better prepared to help every child stay cavity free throughout their childhood,” said McGough.

Telluride Regional Medical Center provides the highest quality, comprehensive Primary Care and exceptional Emergency /Trauma Services. Since 1978, the medical center has evolved, wherever possible, right along with complex healthcare technologies and population growth while remaining within the 10,000-square-foot remodeled building, built in the 1960s.

Currently the Telluride Hospital District is working to secure a site for a new facility to serve the needs of the region today, tomorrow and 50 years into the future.

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