Providing Care to Kids
"Seventy percent of the children I see in my practice have poor oral health. Half of them already have cavities by the time they are 3. These are the kids that are at risk of a lifetime of dental problems. As a pediatrician, I can’t ignore my patient’s oral health anymore."
- Patricia Braun, MD, MPH, Pediatrician,
Eastside Family Health Center, Denver
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
If oral disease is preventable, why do Coloradan children have poor oral health?
Dental caries is the number one chronic childhood disease.
In the 2013-2014 school year, 41.7% of Headstart children in Colorado had dental caries*
Only 9.3% of children visited the dentist by age 1
Standard of Care for ALL infants and toddlers (supported by AAP, ADA, AAPD)
Regular oral health services by a medical or dental provider starting at the eruption of the first tooth or by the first birthday.
Services include exams and fluoride varnish application
Dental home by 12 months of age
US Preventive Services Task Force Grade B recommendation: Dental Caries in Children from Birth Though Age 5 Years
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*Data source: 2011-2012 Basic Screening Survey, Oral Health Program, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment