You are now leaving Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield's website for DSM employees. Please click Continue to leave this website in order to access the Plan Comparison Tool where you can compare medical plan costs. Or, click Cancel to remain on the current site. Please note, on the next page, only the information in the yellow box applies to DSM employees -- complete the information required. For questions on the Comparison Tool, contact Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield at 1-800-722-2583.
Monitoring the coronavirus
The health and well-being of our members are our top priorities. We’re doing everything we can to prepare for the impact of the virus and to ensure our members get the care they need.
New parents have plenty to worry about: making sure their baby is healthy and happy, re-arranging their lives around hectic schedules and lost sleep, and figuring out what to do in all sorts of novel situations. When it comes to your child’s oral health, though, there’s plenty of help available. It all begins when you bring your youngster in for his or her first visit to the dentist.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child’s first checkup should occur by age one. Surprised? You shouldn’t be! Even though there may only be a few baby teeth visible at that age, there are plenty of things to start working on—including the development of healthy habits that will make future visits to the dentist far more pleasurable.
Unfortunately, some kids develop tooth decay at an early age. We will be on the lookout for cavities—but that’s only one reason for an early visit. Equally important is reviewing the proper ways to care for a young child’s mouth, going over your child’s developmental milestones, and discussing the importance of good oral hygiene.
Preparing for the Big Day
The way kids seem to pick up on their parents’ feelings sometimes seems uncanny; so, if you’re nervous about going to the dentist yourself, try not to let it show. Generally, this first visit involves simply talking to you and your child, looking in his or her mouth, and making oral health assessments. It’s best to tell your child what to expect beforehand, without making too big a fuss about it. You could even build some excitement by helping them get ready for “the big day.”
It’s a good idea to bring a comforting toy, a snack, and an extra diaper or two, just in case of fussiness. If possible, leave other kids at home, so the new patient can get all the attention. If not possible, bringing another adult along, however, may free your attention to focus on your child’s oral health. Likewise, filling out forms in advance may save time and effort on the day of the visit.
When you and your child are comfortably seated in the office, a gentle examination of your child’s mouth will be performed to uncover any early signs of dental problems such as tooth decay, and assess the risk that your child may develop the disease in the future. Often, this kind of risk assessment can help prevent—and even reverse—the early stages of tooth decay, without any drilling.
Finally, various ways to keep your child’s oral health in top condition will be discussed. This may include how diet, eating habits and oral hygiene practices can help prevent tooth decay, the most common chronic disease of childhood. That’s an important subject for everyone—even more so if your child is at greater risk. If any treatments (such as fluoride) are needed, a full explanation will be given. Tips on cleaning and brushing effectively will be reviewed and a follow-up visit will be scheduled as required.
Many habits are developed early in life. That’s why it’s important to “get it done by age one.” So when it’s time for your child’s first visit… don’t hesitate!
This website is operated by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and is not the Health Insurance Marketplace website. This website does not display all Qualified Health Plans available through the Health Insurance Marketplace website. To see all available Qualified Health Plan options, go to the Health Insurance Marketplace website at HealthCare.gov.
Some pages of our website may include links to others that we do not own, control or influence. We refer to external websites that we think might be useful to you, but we are not liable for their content or privacy practices. Information contained in those websites is not endorsed by Horizon BCBSNJ.
Services and products may be provided through Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Horizon Healthcare of New Jersey, Inc., Horizon Healthcare Dental, Inc., Horizon Casualty Services, Inc., or Horizon NJ Health*, a product of Horizon HMO, each of which is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.