February 4, 2022

On today's show, Adrian and Ethan talk about children's oral health.

February is National Children's Dental Health Month. The American Dental Association held the first national observance of Children’s Dental Health Day on February 8, 1949.

While it's nearly preventable, in a special report on the state of oral health in America, the U.S. Surgeon General identified tooth decay as the most common chronic childhood disease and called it "America's silent epidemic."

Tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning.

About 1 of 5 (20%) children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth.Children miss 51 million school hours every year due to dental problems, but children living in poverty miss almost 12 times more than their peers.

Consistent and regular dental checkups and treatments are essential to stop the spread of dental disease, yet throughout America, many children have no way to receive the most basic level of care and treatment. With so many low-income families having no access to dental care, hospital emergency rooms are relied upon to treat their dental problems.

We can always count on kids to see the issues and set out to make a difference.

Teen Has Performed a Random Act of Kindness Every Day Since the Start of the Pandemic

Meet the teen who has carried out a random act of kindness EVERY day since the start of the pandemic—helping more than 2,000 people and raising over $53,000.

18-year-old Sebbie Hall started his giving mission when he realized some people lacked the technology to contact friends during the first pandemic lockdown.

It was then that Sebbie, who has physical and learning difficulties, decided to raise money to prevent disabled or vulnerable children from feeling lonely. He has since raised tens of thousands—and counting—by carrying out over 2,000 acts of kindness towards random strangers.

Sebbie, from Lichfield, England, said he just likes to make people smile. @SebbieHall

The teen has been selected for the World Compassion Award, and he launched the Sebbie Hall Kindness Foundation, through which he will continue his acts of kindness each year.