Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Oral Health and Dental Questions and Answers

Is it safe to visit the dentist while I am pregnant?

Yes, it is safe and recommended to see a dentist while you are pregnant. Women on Medicaid are covered while they are pregnant. For more information regarding pregnancy and oral health care see: www.mouthhealthy.org/en/pregnancy/

Can oral health have an impact on my diabetes?

Yes, if you have diabetes, you are at greater risk of developing oral health problems. For more information see:
www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/diabetes.aspx

Who is at risk for Oral Cancer? Where can I find more information on Oral Cancer?

Higher risk individuals include people who smoke, use smokeless tobacco, drink alcohol, increase with age, and or have oral sex. For more detailed information see: http://oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/index.htm

What are the oral health care recommendations for adults over 60?

Maintaining good oral health is very important as unhealthy bacteria can not only affect your teeth and gum health, but may be associated with other systemic medical conditions. For more detailed information see: www.mouthhealthy.org/en/adults-over-60/

What dental benefits does Utah Medicare provide?

Dental Services - Medicaid offers dental benefits for children until age 21 and pregnant women. For more information call (801) 538-6155 or see: www.health.utah.gov/umb/benefits/medicaid/dental.php

What age should I take my child to the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatrics Dentist and American Academy of Pediatrics both say a child should have their first dental visit by age 1.
This is also a great time for parents to bring questions they may have for the dentist.
For more information see: www.mychildrensteeth.org/education/faq/#19

What are sealants?

A dental sealant is a plastic material that helps prevent bacteria from getting into the grooves of teeth. They are easily applied to teeth. For more detailed information see: www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/s/sealants.aspx

How do I know if my child is getting enough fluoride?

Communicate with your pediatric or general dentist, they will know the levels where you live and can make appropriate recommendations. For more detailed information regarding this and other questions regarding children's oral health the American Academy of Pediatric Dentist has a great Q&A link at www.mychildrensteeth.org/education/faq/#30

Where can I find low-cost dental care?

Visit our Low Cost Dental Care resource page.