02/27/13 – Big Night for Little Smilesby Barbara Springer, JD
General Counsel & Vice President Administration, Delta Dental of Colorado
Over the last decade, we have seen the number of children in Colorado with untreated cavities decrease. In 2011, nearly half as many kindergartners and 3rd graders were experiencing dental pain than in 2003.
To celebrate this accomplishment, funders and advocates for dental health hosted "Big Night for Little Smiles" at the Governor's Mansion on February 21.
Cavities are the most chronic childhood disease. A simple change in behavior, such as brushing regularly and only putting water in Sippy cups, can make a large impact on children's dental and overall health.
Data recently released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) shows that children from low-income households made the most gains in disease rates. However, the data also shows that low-income children are still twice as likely to suffer from untreated tooth decay pain as children from higher-income families.
Chris Urbina, Executive Director at CDPHE, emphasized that prevention is a top public health priority. "For the cost of one filling, we can prevent up to 40% of a child's cavities throughout their life with water fluoridation," he said at the event.
Childhood cavities are a silent epidemic plaguing thousands of children in Colorado. By continuing to work collaboratively across all sectors, we can make children's dental health a success story.
To find out how to get involved, please contact Colleen Lampron, CLampron@ddpco.com.
Joining the Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation as co-sponsors of "Big Night for Little Smiles" were: The Colorado Trust, The Colorado Health Foundation, Caring for Colorado Foundation, Rose Community Foundation, Cavity Free at Three, Oral Health Colorado, Colorado Dental Association and the University of Colorado's School of Dental Medicine.
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