Every Child Deserves a Healthy Smile

Dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease with more than 16 million kids suffering from untreated tooth decay in the U.S. The mouth is the gateway to a person’s overall health, and an unhealthy mouth can be linked to diabetes and even heart disease. In the U.S., oral disease causes kids to miss 51 million school hours and their parents to lose 25 million work hours annually. Additionally, oral disease disproportionately affects children from low-income families and these children have almost twice the number of decayed teeth that have not been treated by a dentist as compared to others in the general population.

Fortunately, you can take action to start the process of preventing dental pain and disease. The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives — a group of 36 organizations recognized as experts in the field of oral health — was created to help you take action and teach your children the importance of good oral health. By using the information on this website, you can give your children a head start on having healthy mouths for the rest of their lives.