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Behind the Smile: How Funders Can Improve Oral Health

August 22, 2006

The consequences of neglecting oral health are significant. Oral disease can interfere with the ability to speak, chew, and swallow. In some cases, painful mouth conditions can result in overuse of emergency rooms and lost productivity, and contribute to low self-esteem. Oral disease, in children alone, is responsible for almost 52 million lost school hours each year. Bacterial infection resulting from untreated oral disease and respiratory systems. Seeing a dentist twice a year is not in itself, sufficient. Good oral health also requires avoiding tobacco products and maintaining good nutrition.

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