Oral Health

Oral health is an important component of overall health, and poor oral health is a leading reason students miss school. In a time when each day in school is even more important, and when oral health services have been limited due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are in strong support of efforts to improve access to oral health care so that no child has to suffer from dental disease.

From the First Tooth:

From the First Tooth

Resources for caregivers

2021 MPHA Conference Poster

Fluoride Remains a Powerful Tool to Prevent Tooth Decay:

AAP December 2020 Release

“Families can help children adopt healthy habits from a very young age with simple routines, including the appropriate use of fluoride to prevent dental disease,” Dr. Clark said. “We encourage parents to talk to their pediatricians about getting fluoride varnish at their well child visit and how much fluoride toothpaste to use for their children.”

FAQ: Fluoride and Children

Other Resources:

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: Parent information on pediatric dentistry

The Tooth Decay Process