Percent of Colorado parents reporting that their child (age 1 through 5) first went to the dentist by 12 months of age, 2006-2010 Source: Colorado Child Health Survey, Health Statistics Section, CDPHE Percent Goal: 4.6% by 2016
Percent of 3rd grade children in Colorado with sealants, Oral Health Basic Screening Survey Percent Source: Oral Health Program, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Sealants = Percentage of 3 rd Grade Students with dental sealants on at least one permanent molar tooth Goal: 39% by 2016
Oral Health Indicators in Kindergarten Children Sources: Prevention Services Division. Chew on This: 2011 Report on Oral Health in Colorado, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2011. The Impact of Oral Disease on the Health of Coloradans 2004. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2005. Data cited from 2004, 2006-2007, and 2011-2012Basic Screening Survey.
Children in schools with >75% of students eligible for free or reduced price meal program Compared with <25% of students eligible for free or reduced price meal program Significantly higher prevalence of untreated cavities Kindergarten 19% vs. 7% Third grade 18% vs. 18% Higher prevalence of cavities experience Kindergarten 53% vs.23% Third grade 73% vs. 41% Higher prevalence of prevalence of obesity Kindergarten 10% vs. 5% Third grade 25% vs. 6%
Hispanic Population Obesity – significantly higher prevalence compared with white, non-Hispanics Kindergarten 12% vs 7% Third grade 24% vs 9% Significantly higher prevalence of cavity experience compared with White non-Hispanic population Kindergarten 55% vs 32% Third grade 70% vs 48%
SEALANTS – proven method for preventing decay Third Graders: already beat WB target of 39% (45%)
Resources Oral Health Colorado Mobile and Portable Dental Services in Preschool and School Settings: Complex Issues School-Based or School-Linked Mobile or Portable Dental Services Policy Statement Memorandum of Understanding
Mass Medication? The American Public Health Association notes: “It has been the position of the American courts that a significant government interest in the health and welfare of the public generally overrides individual objections to public health regulation.” U.S. Courts have consistently ruled that water fluoridation is not a form of compulsory mass medication or socialized medicine The courts have ruled that: Fluoride is a nutrient, not a medication No one is forced to drink fluoridated water