The campaign hopes to bring attention to what the U.S. Surgeon General has called a “silent epidemic” of oral disease affecting children from low-income families. The Surgeon General’s 2000 report found dental decay is the most common disease affecting U.S. children, occurring at five times the rate of asthma and seven times that of hay fever.
A 2001 Kentucky study found 29% of school children examined in the 3rd and 6th grades had visible dental decay; another 20% said they’d had a toothache in the past month. Oral health problems can affect a child’s overall health including speech, eating patterns and concentrating in school.
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