There is an oral health crisis in the state of North Carolina that impacts North Carolinians of all ages and in every county.
Tooth decay is recognized by the CDC as the most prevalent chronic disease among children in the U.S., yet few outside the dental profession recognize it as such.
But poor oral health results in more than just tooth decay. It has consequences that dramatically lower quality of life, health care costs, and both a child’s ability to learn and an adult’s employability.
A partnership between the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation and other stakeholders, the NC Oral Health Collaborative is working to highlight solutions, local and national, and disseminate them locally with an early emphasis on supporting exemplary medical-dental collaboration and improving oral health literacy.
Oral Health & Well-Being in the United States
Dental Health Is Worse in Communities of Color
Click here for the full article from the Pew Charitable Trusts
YES! Youth Elevate Stories From Free Dental Clinic
Jabari Brooks, Youth Staff at Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!) reflects on a recent trip
to a Missions of Mercy mobile dental clinic here.