tiny teeth, BIG DEAL

Healthy Baby Teeth are Important For: 

Self Esteem 
Teeth Placement 
Overall Health 

In 2000 the first ever report on our nation’s oral health was conducted by the Surgeon General.  The report revealed shocking information and sent many states scrambling to explain terrible grades in Oral Health.  A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found more than 4 million preschoolers are affected by tooth decay, a leap of more than 600,000 children in a decade.

Oral health impacts a child’s overall physical and mental health in areas such as nutrition, speech, and self-esteem.  Everything a child eats or drinks, all the nutrients that make a strong body and mind, passes through his mouth.  When bacteria-filled oral disease is present in a child’s mouth, it goes without saying that it will affect his overall health.  Poor oral health leads to medical, social and educational problems during crucial formative years.  Tiny Teeth has heard many stories that highlight the effects of dental problems.   Avery, far underweight for her age, was unwilling to eat because of painful, severe tooth decay.  Juan would not smile, no matter what. He had constantly sucked on hard candies and every tooth in his mouth was decayed.  Three-year-old Ryan was acting up in a Head Start Classroom.  His teacher discovered the root cause of his behavior problems: a mouth full of severe abscesses. The Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health says it simply: “You cannot be healthy without oral health.  Oral Health is a critical component of health and must be included in the provision of health care and the design of community programs.”