We believe it’s important to instill good oral health habits in early childhood to ensure a healthy mouth throughout life. Caries can spread from baby teeth to permanent teeth and there are clear oral health connections to healthy pregnancy outcomes. Furthermore, inability to introduce oral health hygiene early in life can cause significant physical, mental, and social complications later in life. For example, toothaches can impact students’ grades by making it difficult to focus in class or causing the student to miss school altogether. Elementary-school students miss an average of 2.1 days of school per year due to dental problems.1 Preventive oral health care consists of efforts such as regular oral exams, along with good oral hygiene to stop tooth decay, and disease before it can take hold. 

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1 Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC 2012
2 Colorado Basic Screening Survey 2016—2017
3 Colorado Health Access Survey 2019
4 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 2016-2019
5 Access to Oral Health Care: A National Crisis and Call for Reform 2017