Presentation on theme: "1 Oral Health in Early Education and Care Implementing 606 CMR 7.11(11)(d)"— Presentation transcript:
1 Oral Health in Early Education and Care Implementing 606 CMR 7.11(11)(d)
This presentation was informed by materials provided by the: BEST Oral Health (Bringing early Education, Screening, Treatment), a Program of Partners For A Healthier Community Cavity Free Kids: Oral Health for Children in Child Care (the Washington Dental Service Foundation) 2
Tooth Brushing in Child Care …is not new for many programs! Head Start programs and many others have been successfully brushing teeth for years without an increase in childhood illness or infection. For some children, this has been their first exposure to tooth brushing; and it has led some families to adopt new and better oral health routines at home. 3
606 CMR 7.11(11)(d) Educators must assist children in brushing their teeth when children: are in care for more than four hours, or consume a meal 4
5 Why Tooth Brushing in Child Care? Dental Caries (tooth decay) is the most common chronic disease of childhood Causes pain, sickness and mortality Inhibits learning, speech and eating Is almost entirely preventable!
Massachusetts Children Suffer! 25% of kindergarten children 40% of 3 rd graders 30% of 6 th graders 6 1/3 to 1/2 goes untreated!
Very Young Children Suffer from dental decay 6% of 1 year olds 22% OF 2 YEAR OLDS 35% OF 3 YEAR OLDS 48% OF 4 YEAR OLDS 7
Low Income Children Suffer Most: nearly 12 times more lost school days than children from higher income families 8
Early Childhood Caries (ECC) 9
INTERVENTIONS Improve diet Limit the frequency of sugar intake Remove dental plaque bacteria with tooth brushing Provide added fluoride Seek preventive care 10
11 Rinse? Dont Rinse! Fluoride? No Fluoride! Spit? Dont Spit! Tooth Paste? Mint Flavored? Fruit Flavored? There are many different opinions…