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Improving oral health for all Delawareans is one of the First State’s greatest public health and wellness opportunities. Tooth decay significantly impacts the health of Delawareans of all ages from all walks of life. It is the most common chronic childhood disease in the U.S. today. Yet, most dental disease is nearly 100 percent preventable.
With links to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and many other diseases, good overall health can be achieved with good oral health. If left untreated, cavities and other dental infections can spread to other parts of the body and, in very rare cases, be life threatening.
Healthy dental habits should come as naturally as buckling up our seat belts, and oral health education is a vital first step. This is a battle we can win, but it cannot be done by dentists alone.
This toolkit provides simple resources that will help organizations like yours easily make oral health a part of everyday activities.