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Foundation Collaboration: Partnering to Improve Young Children’s Oral Health

Dental disease is the single most common chronic childhood disease and is so widespread and the health effects so significant that the U.S. Surgeon General has classified dental disease as a silent epidemic (HHS 2000).

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Oral Health Disparities: A Shift Toward Policy Work

Oral diseases and disorders occur frequently among all populations, but large disparities exist by region, age, socioeconomic status, and race and ethnicity. In response, many oral health grantmakers have become more focused on policy solutions to improve oral health.

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Shifting Paradigms in Promoting Oral Health for Young Children

Tooth decay remains the single most prevalent chronic disease of America’s children, affecting 44 percent by age six (Dye et al. 2007). Grantmakers, government, and the professions have long focused energy and resources on getting children into dental care to repair the ravages of this preventable disease and to eliminate associated pain and infection.

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Critical Services for Our Children: Integrating Mental and Oral Health into Primary Care

Grantmakers have long been interested in improving children’s access to health care. Yet, a number of services critical to children’s healthy growth and development—such as mental health and oral health services—fall outside the traditional primary care model. This fragmentation of services has contributed to access barriers and has compromised the quality of pediatric care. Growing awareness of the importance of mental health and oral health has resulted in a variety of innovative efforts to integrate these services into children’s health care.

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Behind the Smile: How Funders Can Improve Oral Health

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.

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Access to Dental Health Services: It’s Not Just About Pretty Smiles

This GIH Issue Focus shares strategies that foundations are using to address access to dental health services.

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Filling the Gap: Strategies for Improving Oral Health

This GIH Issue Focus outlines factors affecting oral health, and provides suggestions on what health funders can do.

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