This month, SVHC's Mighty Molar has been visiting local day care centers, encouraging children to practice good oral hygiene.
Did you know?
Oral health affects overall health, diet, speech, and appearance, and good brushing and flossing habits need to start early. According to the American Dental Association, cavities are the most prevalent chronic disease of childhood. Kids who have untreated cavities may experience pain and infection, have trouble concentrating in class, and have poor self-esteem. For adults, inflammation related to infection and untreated gum disease has been associated with higher risks of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Poor oral health in pregnant women has also been linked to premature birth and low birth weight in babies. Tooth extractions in adults, caused by poor oral health, cause pain and problems with speech, chewing, and overall nutrition status.