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It's National Children's Dental Health Month, time to think about improving the poor oral health of Kentucky's children

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It's National Children's Dental Health Month, time to think about improving the poor oral health of Kentucky's children It's National Children's Dental Health Month, time to think about improving the poor oral health of Kentucky's children

It's National Children's Dental Health Month, time to think about improving the poor oral health of Kentucky's children






By Stephanie Poynter
Chair, Kentucky Oral Health Coalition

It is no secret that Kentucky has historically had a poor reputation when it comes to our dental health. In a recent study ranking states with the best and worst dental health, the state ranked 41st in the nation in indicators of dental wellness. We have among the lowest dentists per capita, highest sugar-sweetened beverages consumption, and highest percentage of adult smokers ? all contributing factors to poor oral health outcomes.

This is a reality that dental providers and advocates have grappled with for decades. And this is the reality that motivates the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition and its diverse membership in its collaborative oral health campaign designed to educate parents, activate policymakers, and inspire health professionals, as well as engage the public to create optimal oral health for all.
February is National Children?s Dental Health Month ? a time when dental health providers and advocates promote the importance of establishing good oral hygiene habits early in life, needs around access to dental care and coverage, and ways to improve health outcomes across the lifespan.

Dr. Stephanie PoynterNow, many of us have likely experienced some sort of tooth pain in our life ? think back to how distracting or limiting that pain was for your daily life.

For children, when experiencing prolonged and persistent dental pain, it is difficult for them to develop the skills they need to learn. Once in scho...
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News source: Kentucky Health News
Publication date: 28-02-2021 16:05
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