Providing Care to Kids

"Seventy percent of the children I see in my practice have poor oral health. Half of them already have cavities by the time they are 3. These are the kids that are at risk of a lifetime of dental problems. As a pediatrician, I can’t ignore my patient’s oral health anymore

Read Dr. Braun's research supporting Cavity Free at Three. 

- Patricia Braun, MD, MPH, Pediatrician,
Eastside Family Health Center, Denver

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

If oral disease is preventable, why do Coloradan children have poor oral health?

  • Dental caries is the number one chronic childhood disease.

  • In the 2013-2014 school year, 41.7% of Headstart children in Colorado had dental caries*

  • Only 9.3% of children visited the dentist by age 1

Standard of Care for ALL infants and toddlers (supported by AAP, ADA, AAPD)
  • Regular oral health services by a medical or dental provider starting at the eruption of the first tooth or by the first birthday.

  • Services include exams and fluoride varnish application

  • Dental home by 12 months of age

  • US Preventive Services Task Force Grade B recommendation: Dental Caries in Children from Birth Though Age 5 Years

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*Data source: 2011-2012 Basic Screening Survey, Oral Health Program, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment