Tooth decay is the leading chronic childhood disease in the United States, much more common than asthma or hay fever. And it is mostly preventable. Pain and related complications result in children missing school and falling behind in school and long term poor health outcomes.
New Jersey dental and medical providers and community organizations are making headway in improving the oral health for children, especially young children. ACNJ is part of this coalition that is focused on fostering collaboration among medical and dental providers, increasing oral health awareness among parents and financing preventive pediatric oral health.