Dental Health Agenda for Children
Good dental health is critical to children's overall health, learning, and general well-being. Yet, tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, even though it is largely preventable. Untreated dental disease results in pain and suffering, problems with eating and speaking, compromised learning, missed schools days, and unfortunately--in rare cases--death.
Dental disease disproportionately affects our most underserved children. Low-income children suffer twice as much from dental disease as their higher income peers, and their disease is more likely to be untreated. Children from minority backgrounds also suffer disproportionately from dental disease.
The Children's Partnership (TCP) Dental Health Agenda for Children is committed to ensuring that all children receive the dental health care they need. Our strategy includes: