Friday, November 2, 2012

Colorado Oral Health Survey: Half As Many Kids with Untreated Cavities


The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment today released the 2011-12 Children's Oral Health Screening Survey. According to the survey, nearly half as many Colorado kindergarten and third-grade students have untreated tooth decay than did in 2003. But young children from low-income families are much more likely to have untreated cavities than children from high-income families.

“We’ve made good progress during the past decade, “said Dr. Katya Mauritson, CDPHE Oral Health Director. “But too many kids with limited access to dental care are still at risk for toothaches, missed school days, poor academic performance and possible long-term health problems.”

Colorado’s current and future success relies on public and private partners working together on proven strategies, such as early dental care, access to dental sealants and community water fluoridation. Cavities remain the most common preventable chronic disease of childhood, disproportionately affecting children from low-income families. Future efforts must focus on eliminating those oral health inequities, said Mauritson.


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