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  1. Colorado Children’s Oral Health Katya Mauritson, DMD Oral Health Unit Director Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Toolkit for Promoting Maternal and Child Oral Health in Colorado Communities http://www. oralhealthcolorado.org/ new-toolkit-for-promoting-oral- health-in-colorado-communities

  5. School Basic Screening Survey

  6. 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

  7. High Five Break!!!

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. SEALANTS – proven method for preventing decay Third Graders: already beat WB target of 39% (45%)

  13. 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

  14. Colorado and Fluoride

  15. Unfounded fear about Fluorosis:

  16. 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

  17. 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.”