24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (877)SAFEGBC or (877)723-3422 Mental Health & Substance Abuse Issues

6502 Nursery Drive, Suite 100
Victoria, TX 77904
(361)575-0611
Fax: (361)578-5500
Regular Hours: M-Fri 8am - 5pm
Every 3rd Thurs of the Month - Extended Hours Until 7 pm

Child & Adolescent Development: Overview
Resources
Basic InformationMore InformationLatest News
Pfizer, Moderna to Expand Vaccine Studies in Young ChildrenCan COVID Transmit Easily on Crowded School Buses?Kids Still Dying From Accidental Exposure to Fentanyl Pain PatchesWhen Are Head Injury Risks Highest for Young Soccer Players?Simple Step Gets More School Kids Eating Their VeggiesSurvey Finds U.S. Parents Split on COVID Vaccination for Kids Under 12Most Parents Clueless About Overuse Dangers to Young PitchersEven Young Children Can Have Breathing Issues During Sleep1.5 Million Kids Worldwide Lost Parent or Other Caregiver to COVID-19Severe COVID in Kids: Rare, but Brain Issues Can ResultPrescriptions for U.S. Kids Declined During PandemicHow Your Kid's Education Could Make You HealthierPediatricians' Group: All School Kids, Staff Should Continue to Wear MasksAny COVID Infection Leaves Strong Antibody Levels in KidsMake Summer Camp Safe for Your Child With Asthma, AllergiesDrowning Deaths for U.S. Kids Have Fallen 38% Since 1999Heart Troubles Ease Over Time in Kids With MIS-CHalf of U.S. Teens Plan to Get COVID Shot, But Can Numbers Go Higher?Parent's Words Key to Young Kids' Fears Around VaccinationSummer Drowning Deaths Can Happen Quickly: Know the FactsWhy Handwriting Still Beats Typing, Videos at Helping Folks LearnVaccinated Teachers, Students Can Skip Masks This Fall: CDCIs Your Kid a Fast or Slow Eater? Personality Might TellLockdown Weight Gain May Have Caused Surge in New Diabetes Cases in KidsWhy Do So Many Kids Never Get Swimming Lessons?Screen All Kids for Heart Problems, Pediatricians' Group SaysFast-Food Companies Spending More on Ads Aimed at YouthTreating Teachers' Depression Could Boost Young Students' Grades: StudyDirty Air in Pregnancy Might Raise Baby's Obesity RiskChild Drownings in U.S. Pools, Spas Are on the RiseAHA News: As the Pandemic Wanes, Get Kids on the Road to Good Health This SummerAllergy Treatment Crucial If Your Child Has AsthmaScientists Discover Rare Form of ALS That Can Strike KidsDebunking Myths That Have Some Parents Resisting COVID Vaccines for TeensBedtime With a Pet Won't Harm Your Kid's Sleep - and Might HelpMost Cases of MIS-C in Kids With COVID Resolve After 6 MonthsFetal Exposure to Ultra-Fine Air Pollution Could Raise Asthma RisksAHA News: Kids With Sleep Apnea Into Teen Years Could Develop High Blood PressureIs Your Child at Risk for Asthma?Number of U.S. Kids Hospitalized With COVID Is Likely Overcounted: StudyClues to Rare Disorder Affecting Kids With COVID-19Pandemic Caused Rise in Telemedicine Visits for Kids, But Will the Trend Continue?What Works Best to Ease Recurrent Ear Infections in Kids?Rural U.S. Schools Are Bringing Back In-Person Learning Faster Than Urban SchoolsIn Girls as Young as 7, Weight May Predict Odds for Eating DisorderRoad to Healthy Middle-Aged Brain May Begin in ChildhoodHow Summer Camps Can Shield Your Kids from Allergies, Asthma & COVIDCould Your Child Have a Heart Defect? Know the Warning SignsAir Pollution Can Harm Kids' Hearts for a LifetimePoll Finds Many Parents Hesitant to Get Younger Kids Vaccinated
Questions and AnswersLinks
Related Topics

ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Childhood Mental Disorders and Illnesses
Child Development & Parenting: Infants (0-2)
Child Development & Parenting: Early (3-7)

School Dental Care Program Could Cut Cavities in Half: Study

HealthDay News
by Robert Preidt
Updated: Mar 9th 2021

new article illustration

TUESDAY, March 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- School-based dental care cut cavities in half among thousands of elementary students, a new study says.

"The widespread implementation of oral health programs in schools could increase the reach of traditional dental practices and improve children's oral health -- all while reducing health disparities and the cost of care," said senior author Dr. Richard Niederman. He's chair of the department of epidemiology and health promotion at New York University's College of Dentistry.

Dental cavities are the most common chronic disease in children. One in five elementary school children has at least one untreated cavity, Niederman and his colleagues noted.

Cavities can be prevented with dental visits and good at-home oral hygiene. But some parents struggle to get their children to a dentist because of the cost and having to take time off of work.

"School-based cavity prevention programs eliminate these barriers by bringing basic dental care to children, rather than bringing children to care," Niederman said in a university news release.

The trial program involved free, twice-yearly visits by dental hygienists to nearly 7,000 students at 33 public, high-need elementary schools in Massachusetts.

The visits included: dental examinations; cavity prevention and treatment, including fluoride varnish and sealants; and minimally invasive fillings to stabilize cavities without drilling. The students also received oral hygiene instructions, toothbrushes and fluoride toothpaste to take home.

Students who required more complex care were referred to local dentists.

After six visits, there was a more than 50% decline in untreated cavities. In one group of schools, the rate of cavities fell from 39% to 18%, and decreased from 28% to 10% in a second group of schools.

Cavities declined in both baby and permanent teeth, according to the study. The results were published March 1 in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

In 2010, the U.S. government set a target of reducing cavities in children by 10% by 2020.

"Our study shows ... that a comprehensive school-based program can reduce cavities by five times their goal," Niederman said.

If this school-based dental program was implemented nationwide, it could reduce Medicaid spending on children's dental care by as much as one-half, according to the researchers.

More information

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry offers resources for parents.

SOURCE: New York University, news release, March 1, 2021