Brown County's traditional dental care system is overwhelmed by a rapidly growing at-risk population. Access to preventive, restorative, and emergency dental care services is very limited for children who are underinsured (those who only have Medical Assistance) and especially the uninsured (those with no insurance).
A child's dental health affects their academic achievement, including attendance, concentration in class, and speech. Unfortunately, many children go to school in pain caused by dental problems.
Did you know…
- According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease in America
- More than 1 out of 4 early elementary students has untreated dental cavities
- Children in America lose more than 51 million school hours each year due to dental-related illness and, when children are not in school, they are not learning
- Children from low-income families have twice as many cavities as other children; fewer than three out of 10 children in poverty receive preventive dental services