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Colorado Children’s Oral Health. Katya Mauritson, DMD Oral Health Unit Director Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Percent of Colorado parents reporting that their child (age 1 through 5) first went to the dentist by 12 months of age, 2006-2010. Goal: 4.6% by 2016.

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colorado children s oral health

Colorado Children’s Oral Health

Katya Mauritson, DMD

Oral Health Unit Director

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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Percent of Colorado parents reporting that their child (age 1 through 5) first went to the dentist by 12 months of age,

2006-2010

Goal: 4.6% by 2016

Percent

Source: Colorado Child Health Survey, Health Statistics Section, CDPHE

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Percent of 3rd grade children in Colorado with sealants, Oral Health Basic Screening Survey

Goal: 39% by 2016

Percent

Sealants = Percentage of 3rd Grade Students with dental sealants on at least one permanent molar tooth

Source: Oral Health Program, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

toolkit for promoting maternal and child oral health in colorado communities
Toolkit for Promoting Maternal and Child Oral Health in Colorado Communities

http://www.

oralhealthcolorado.org/

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health-in-colorado-communities

measures the oral health status
Measures the oral health status:

Current, untreated decay

History of decay

ECC for kindergartners

Sealants on permanent molars on 3rd graders

Urgency of dental needs

Referral links

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Results of dental screening among children in kindergarten.Colorado Children’s Oral Health Screening, 2003–2004, 2006–2007, and 2011–2012Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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Results of dental screening among children in 3rd grade.Colorado Children’s Oral Health Screening, 2003–2004, 2006–2007, and 2011–2012 Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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Results of dental screening among children in kindergarten by percent of students in the school who are eligible for free or reduced price meal program (FRL).Colorado Children’s Oral Health Screening, 2003–2004, 2006–2007, and 2011–2012 Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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Results of dental screening among children in third grade by percent of students in the school who are eligible for free or reduced price meal program (FRL).Colorado Children’s Oral Health Screening, 2003–2004, 2006–2007, and 2011–2012 Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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SEALANTS – proven method for preventing decay

Third Graders: already beat WB target of 39% (45%)

resources
Resources
  • Oral Health Colorado
  • Mobile and Portable Dental Services in Preschool and School Settings: Complex Issues
  • School-Based or School-Linked Mobile or Portable Dental Services Policy Statement
  • Memorandum of Understanding
mass medication
Mass Medication?
  • The American Public Health Association notes:

“It has been the position of the American courts that a significant government interest in the health and welfare of the public generally overrides individual objections to public health regulation.”

  • U.S. Courts have consistently ruled that water fluoridation is not a form of compulsory mass medication or socialized medicine
  • The courts have ruled that:
    • Fluoride is a nutrient, not a medication
    • No one is forced to drink fluoridated water
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Resources
  • State Oral Health Unit
  • Health Department
  • CDC’s My Water’s Fluoride
  • Pew’s ILikeMyTeeth.org

One of the “great public health

achievements of the 20th century.”