March 3, 2023

On today's show, Adrian and Ethan discuss children's dental health.

Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. NCDHM messages and materials have reached millions of people in communities across the country.

Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

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."

One of the greatest unmet needs among young children – particularly children of poverty – is proper dental care.

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.