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Dental Care and Oral Health

Dental Care for Children According to the Impact of Oral Disease on the Health of Coloradans (a publication from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment), oral disease can affect a child’s ability to concentrate and learn, as well as affect speech development, eating habits, activity levels, and self-esteem even though oral disease is nearly 100 percent preventable. Healthy Child Care Colorado recognizes that good oral health care and practices are important in all child care settings because tooth decay begins early in a child’s life.

Children's Dental Care Facts

  • Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, and nationally, dental decay is five times more common than childhood asthma.
  • Early childhood caries (baby bottle tooth decay or nursing bottle mouth) is a leading dental problem for children under 3 years of age.
  • In a sample of 2,935 Colorado Head Start children, 42% had decay experience, 32% had untreated decay, and 18% had a pattern of decay known as early childhood caries.

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Resources

Bright Futures
Is a national disease prevention and health promotion initiative funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. This toolbox highlights materials that advance the Bright Futures philosophy of promoting and improving the oral health of infants, children and adolescents.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)
The recognized leader in children's oral health, announced a new consumer-based website, www.mychildrensteeth.org. A comprehensive resource for parents and caregivers, www.mychildrensteeth.org gathers together all of the AAPD's articles and information that are useful to the general public in one convenient place.

Cavity Free at Three
Is a three-year, statewide effort to prevent oral disease in young children. The effort aims to engage dentists, physicians, nurses, dental hygienists, public health practitioners and early childhood educators in the prevention and early detection of oral disease in pregnant women, infants and toddlers.

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
The Oral Health and Learning fact sheet shares information about the impact of poor oral health on a child’s ability to learn.