Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease
found in young children. In Santa Clara County, roughly 50 percent of
low-income children have a history of cavities before they enter Kindergarten. Luckily,
tooth decay is easily preventable with proper care and routine dental visits.
FIRST 5 supports free and low-cost dental services for children, like those provided by the Children’s Dental Group and Gardner Family Health Network. These centers offer an innovative approach to pediatric dentistry, combining the latest technology and best dental practices with a fun, kid-friendly environment that welcomes all children and families.
FIRST 5 is also a strong supporter and funder of local community water fluoridation – the single most effective health measure to prevent tooth decay.
The Health Trust provides oral health outreach and education through promotoras who are community health workers trained on general concepts about oral health. The promotoras conduct outreach in English and in Spanish and recruit families to host home meetings where the oral health education is delivered to small groups of children and adults.
This handout provides parents and caregivers with easy-to-follow diagrams that show proper brushing technique.