A Framework for Addressing Social Determinants of Oral Health for Low-Income Populations

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Guest Blogger: Stacey Chazin, MPH, Director of Prevention Programs, Center for Health Care Strategies There is growing evidence that the way people live, learn, work, and play has a significant impact on health, including oral health. These social determinants of health (SDOH) — including such things as access to healthy food, safe housing, quality education, […]


An Imperative: Treat the Social Determinants of Health

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For a soft spoken person, Sir Michael Marmot, Director of England’s Institute of Health Equity, is a riveting speaker. Humble, deliberate, and always backed by evidence, Marmot frames our obligation to address the social determinants of health not just as a systems issue but as a moral imperative. Any health inequality that is “by reasonable […]


Flint, Lead, and Communities of Color

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The Campaign for Dental Health has been tracking the safe drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan since water fluoridation advocates sounded the alarm in early 2015. At that time, environmental activist Erin Brockovich wrote a post on Facebook that questioned the use of funds to fluoridate the city’s water. (Brockovich has consistently but wrongly impugned […]


Community Water Fluoridation Builds #HealthyCommunities

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Fact: Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of childhood, more common than asthma or allergies. Fact: To eat well and concentrate in school, children need healthy teeth and mouths. Fact: Tooth decay is almost completely preventable. Fact: Children suffer from more tooth decay when they live in communities that do not have water […]


Building #HealthyCommunities: Let’s get oral health into the discussion

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The Campaign for Dental Health, a program of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is pleased to kick off the #HealthyCommunities initiative during National Public Health Week, April 3-7, 2017. To be healthy, kids need healthy teeth. Yet childhood dental disease stubbornly remains the most common chronic disease of childhood. Help us raise the visibility of […]


Build Momentum for #HealthyCommunities During National Public Health Week

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National Public Health Week is coming, April 3-10, 2017, and what better time to talk about building #HealthyCommunities. The Campaign for Dental Health, a program of the American Academy of Pediatrics, supports community water fluoridation (CWF) because it is an evidence-based, time-tested preventive measure that benefits entire communities, especially children. It’s as simple and easy […]


Youth Say YES! to Organizing for Better Oral Health

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Guest Post by Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!)  Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!) seeks to empower youth, in partnership with adults, to create community change. As an organization, YES! strives to provide young people with opportunities that we normally do not receive. Why? Policies, systems, and environments in which we do not have a voice often adversely […]


A Perfect Smile Comes at a Cost: How Poverty and Food Insecurity Cement Disparities in Oral Health

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Contributed by Qadira Ali Huff, MD, MPH Overview- Why This Matters: A picture-perfect smile falls just out of reach for many children living in poverty. Dental caries is the most common chronic childhood disease, and the burden of dental caries falls disproportionately on low-income and minority children (Dye et al. 2012). Children living in poverty […]