Monday, March 24 2014, 12:45 PM MDT
(KUTV) Cory Halterman and Khealynn Harris from Roseman University are here to talk about their event coming up called, "Give Kids a Smile".
Give Kids a Smile, is an event Roseman student dentists organized to provide free sealants, fluoride, and cleanings to children from the Boys & Girls Club.
Since 1990 the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research has seen a significant increase in the number of children who have cavities in their baby teeth.
42 percent of children ages 2-11 years old have untreated tooth decay
Childhood dental decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, with about 16 million children suffering from it each year
This problem primarily affects children in low-income families
Untreated dental decay causes many issue for children, such as: missed school days, pain, increased visits to the ER, improper speech development, difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping, and developmental issues.
The best ways to improve childhood dental decay are with regular dental screenings, cleanings, sealants, fluoride, and brushing teeth twice a day, for 2 minutes each time.
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