New Mexico. Welcome. ORAL HEALTH IS INTEGRAL TO GENERAL HEALTH. New Mexico Office of Oral Health Rudy Blea, BA. Oral Health Status of New Mexico Children. CDC National Objective
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New Mexico Office of Oral Health
Rudy Blea, BA
CDC National Objective
Healthy People Objective #21-8 is to increase the percentage of eight year olds who have received dental sealants on their molar teeth to 50%.
State of New Mexico Performance Measure
60% HAD DENTAL SEALANTS ON ALL FOUR MOLARS
10% HAD DENTAL SEALANTS ON THREE MOLARS
9% HAD DENTAL SEALANTS ON TWO MOLARS
5% HAD DENTAL SEALANT ON ONE MOLAR
82% ONE OR MORE SEALANT COLLECTIVELY
17% DID NOT HAVE SEALANTS ON THEIR FIRST MOLAR
CLASS I DECAY 74%
CLASS II DECAY 11.2%
CLASS III DECAY 4.7
Cross-section of a normal tooth and supporting structures.
The process of dental caries requires:
Left untreated, a carious area typically will continue to enlarge. Once the caries process has exposed the pulp, which is the neurovascular bundle at the center of each tooth, a soft tissue infection can result. An untreated dental abscess (single arrow) can lead to the rapid development of cellulitis. Cavernous sinus thrombosis and Ludwig’s angina (both uncommon) pose life-threatening complications which can also result from an untreated dental abscess. Fortunately, most dental abscesses remain localized. Note: Carious central and lateral maxillary incisors (double arrows). Though the central and lateral mandibular incisors touch (triple arrow), they are protected from decay by the tongue/lip and the saliva from the sublingual salivary glands.
FOUR APPROACHES STAND OUT TO FOR THEIR POTENTIAL TO IMPROVE BOTH DENTAL HEALTH OF CHILDREN AND THEIR ACCESS TO CARE