Dental Health Day

Dental Health Day at the Capitol

On Friday, February 7, 2014 oral health advocates from around the state gathered to celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month and focus on winning Colorado’s oral health battle. Oral Health Colorado collaborated with Delta Dental to organize and stage this event. About 60 second grade students from Rocky Mountain Prep dropped by to let everyone know that “Healthy Teeth Make Us Smile!”

In 2013, Governor Hickenlooper declared oral health one of Colorado’s priority “Winnable Battles” –  public health initiatives that carry large-scale impact. Dental disease is the most prevalent chronic childhood disease that contributes to thousands of missed school hours, and considerable financial and social burden in Colorado each year. And it’s almost completely preventable. Take a look at a few snapshots from the day.

Use These! Key messages about oral health in Colorado

When we speak with common language, our “story” becomes heard and remembered (repetition is a good thing). Here are some core messages that advocates can share within your networks, to the general public, and legislators:

  • Dental disease is a winnable public health battle that directly impacts the economic and overall health of our state.
  • Cavities are the number one chronic childhood disease, even though they are nearly 100 percent preventable.
  • Coloradans spend about $1 billion annually on dental care—much of it to treat dental disease—creating significant social and emotional burdens for our residents.
  • Oral health is connected to overall health, with links to heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
  • Colorado is headed in the right direction, but there is more work to do because many children continue to suffer from this preventable and painful problem.

What Makes Me Smile

See what makes Karen Cody Carlson, OHCO Executive Director, and many other Denver “celebrities,” smile.

Take the “Brush With Me” Pledge!

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