National Dental Health Awareness Month

Did you know that tooth decay is the number one chronic disease of childhood?

February is National Children’s Dental Health awareness month, and the Children’s Dental Health Project has recently launched EndCavities.org, an effective online resource child advocates can use to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.

Low-income children and children of color are more likely to suffer from this disease. Cavities form by an acidic bacteria that is fed by sugars and carbohydrates, but thankfully this disease is preventable. Many parents simply lack the information needed to put their children on a path to good oral health. By educating these parents and providing them with the essential resources, we can virtually prevent all tooth decay. Therefore, this is not just a job for dentists. With nearly 1 in 4 children ages 2-5 experiencing tooth decay, we all must play a role in the fight to end cavities.

Check out “Strategies to End Cavities” for resources you can use to inform policy decisions and educate the public. The Children’s Dental Health Project, specifically wants to bring greater attention to a  coordinated system for care, which calls for Ob-gyns, medical professionals, and dental professionals to all join this conversation and help prevent this disease.

Tooth decay results in significant challenges for children and their families. Children often miss school and the cost of dental care can be a significant financial burden, because the cost increases when cavities go untreated. Therefore, it is imperative that we bring more attention to this detrimental but fixable problem. Go to endcavities.org and learn how you can join the fight!