Are you ready for "Sugar Wars"? National Children's Dental Health Month's (NCDHM) Sugar Wars campaign promotes good dental hygiene and oral health among children. The
American Dental Association
(ADA) suggests that children brush their teeth for 2 minutes twice daily. A well balanced, low sugar diet is also recommended for healthy, radiant teeth and gums. Children should see a dentist for routine checkups to prevent and treat cavities and other issues. Developing these dental practices in children is essential to good oral health in adulthood.
NCDHM Program Planning Guide
to learn what you can do to with help win the sugar battles across the nation and promote oral health equity for all children.
Oral Health Disparities and Policy
In 2007, 12-year-old Deamonte Driver of Prince George's County died from an abscessed tooth infection that could have been resolved with a simple extraction. His death turned national attention to racial and economic disparities in children's oral health.
A recent report released b
U.S. DHHS Inspector General
reveals persistent racial and economic disparities in oral care among children. The report, which covers 4 states, including Maryland, found that 3 out of 4 children on Medicaid are not receiving appropriate dental care, and a quarter of children on Medicaid are not getting any dental care at all. Reasons include a lack of dental practices that are accepting Medicaid and the need for health literacy around oral care.