Every child should be able to attend school free of oral pain.
#1 Chronic Illness in ChildrenTooth decay is the most common chronic illness among school-age children.
4.6 Million ChildrenOne out of every 16 children in the United States–which amounts to 4.6 million–does not receive needed oral health care because the family cannot afford it.
One in ThreeAbout 31% of children have untreated tooth decay. It is almost entirely preventable.
Everyone deserves access to high quality dental care.
One in FourMedicare beneficiaries have no natural teeth. This can often lead to other health issues, including nutritional deficiencies.
ER Visits DoubledEmergency room visits for dental health have doubled over the past decade in adults over 65–over 2 million seniors visit the ER for dental problems every year.
Increased Medical IssuesThe mouth is the gateway to the body. Poor oral and dental health will increase the risk for diabetes and heart disease.
Everyone should feel safe at their dentist.
Individuals with a special need are more likely to have oral health issues due to medical conditions or inability to provide self-oral hygiene.
Children and adults with Down Syndrome are very likely to have early onset periodontal (gum) disease. Proper daily oral hygiene will help to prevent this.
Individuals with a special need should go to the doctor earlier and more frequently than their peers. However, may factors including fear and no access to care limit dentist visits.
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