Association of Health Care Journalists Across the U.S., tooth decay remains widespread. Poor and minority Americans continue to be disproportionately burdened by disease. But in recent years, some progress has been made in addressing oral health disparities and reaching vulnerable children with needed dental services, federal data show.
Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry, Temple University Obesity and dental caries are prevalent chronic childhood diseases. These diseases are multifactorial in nature and share common nutritional risk factors. Because there are many behavioral factors that affect both oral health and child weight status, dental professionals are well-positioned to comprehensively evaluate children's dietary and nutritional behaviors, assess risk and provide appropriate counseling to children and families to prevent obesity and dental caries.
National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center The United States is facing a severe opioid addiction epidemic. Nearly 25 percent of first opioid prescriptions for children and adolescents come from dentists.
More than 70% of U.S. adults support the idea of dental therapists, according to new survey data from Pew Charitable Trusts and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. The findings demonstrate adults with private and public insurance appear open to new healthcare models.