Goals: What we do
Of the 4 million children born each year, one-quarter will have at least one cavity by the time they reach kindergarten and one-half by second grade.
At the Children's Dental Health Project, our goals are:
- To Prevent childhood tooth decay, because cavities are the result of a disease that is overwhelmingly preventable.
- To Promote solutions that are grounded in the best available research and supporting exploration when evidence is lacking
- To Engage policymakers and other decision-makers in addressing ongoing inequities in oral health and to implement cost-effective solutions.
Over the past twelve years, CDHP's actions have resulted in:
- Development of critical legislation to support prevention, improve dental coverage for children and build a stronger dental workforce.
- Congressional investigations of the adequacy of the systems, specifically Medicaid, intended to treat children from low-income families.
- Tools to establish public-private partnerships to meet the dental needs of uninsured or low-income children.
- Recommendations used by advocates and policymakers across the country to advance the oral health of all children and their families.
Other CDHP Accomplishments and Current Initiatives
- CDHP was instrumental in securing dental coverage options for 26 million US uninsured children through CHIP and Health Reform.
- CDHP houses the the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Policy Center with Partners from state health leaders.
- CDHP provides technical assistance to State Oral Health Directors through a CDC cooperative agreement.
- CDHP is the Project Office for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Periantal and Infant Oral Health Project.
- CDHP supports the Multicultural Oral Health Alliance with the National Dental Association, Hispanic Dental Association, and Society of American Indian Dentists.
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