boy-checkup(December 9, 2011)

The number one chronic health problem affecting young children isn't something they can be vaccinated for, but it can be readily prevented. It's... tooth decay.

decayPutting children to bed with a bottle is the leading cause of tooth decay in kids under five years old.Two local groups have formed to work on answers to this problem, the Sonoma County Task Force on Oral Health and the Sonoma County Oral Health Access Coalition. Debra Chigazola, coordinator of the Dental Hygiene Program at Santa Rosa Junior College, observes that they are both working to increase to have more children—and their teeth—get examined.

child oral_health_p_29A more complicated goal, Chigazola adds, is getting more children enrolled in the publically funded dental care programs that already exist.

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