International Oral Health Coalition

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Oral Health Outreach projects

 

IOHC is committed to improving the oral health of those in need. Children in families with low income below the federal poverty line (FPL) have twice the prevalence of dental caries (tooth decay) than higher-income  children do, the extent and severity of their tooth decay are more extreme, and their disease is more likely to be untreated. For example, 40% of Mexican- American children aged 6-8 have untreated decay, compared with 25% of non Hispanic whites. 20% of all adolescents 12- 19 years currently have untreated tooth decay. *Only 1 in 3 of all US school children and only 1 in 5 of children in families with low income have received dental sealants. With these types of statistics it is imperative that we reach these children early, teaching them good oral health habits as simple as brushing their teeth which can change their health for a lifetime.

IOHC also strives to work with groups that are making a difference in the lives of people around the world. Whether they are a victim of a natural disaster or they are simply living in a poverty stricken area, giving them an opportunity to perform a basic oral health need will affect their long-term overall health. Periodontal disease is a serious condition that should not be ignored. It is the underlying cause of several deadly diseases, including: Heart disease- The number one killer of men and women-affects over 60 million people and kills nearly one million people each year. Diabetes- affects nearly 16 million people and causes nearly 200,000 deaths each year. Oral cancer- more common than other lethal cancers including skin cancer, leukemia, Hodgkin’s disease, brain cancer. Low birth weight- Periodontal disease is also linked to low birth weight, premature babies who come into this world already facing a life and death struggle. And for those countries that are providing health care to their people this is a wise investment. It is documented by the American Dental Association that for every $1 spent in prevention, the government stands to save $40 in future oral health costs.