As verified by Christina’s Smile’s 25 years of providing dental care to needy children across America, tooth decay truly is the most common chronic disease of childhood. These children living in poverty with the greatest dental needs have the least access to care. While politicians discuss it and organized dentistry acknowledges it, Christina’s Smile continues to provide care to thousands of children across the country. With your help we can keep providing care to these deserving children.
Christina’s Smile, (1990 — Present)
The first ever Surgeon General’s report identifies a “silent epidemic” of dental and oral diseases that burdens some population groups and calls for a national effort to improve oral health among all Americans. “In the past half-century, we have come to recognize that the mouth is a mirror of the body, it is a sentinel of disease, and it is critical to overall health and well-being.”
Dr. David Satcher, Surgeon General, (2000)
“To ignore oral health problems can lead to needless pain and suffering, complications that can devastate well-being, and financial and social costs that significantly diminish quality of life and burden American society. Together we can affect the changes we need to maintain and improve oral health for all Americans and remove known barriers that stand between people and oral health services.”
Dr. Donna Shalala, Secretary of Health and Human Services, (2000)
“Although dental problems don’t command the instant fears associated with low birth weight, fetal death or cholera, they do have the consequences of wearing down the stamina of children and defeating their ambitions… They go to sleep with it. They go to school with it. Sometimes their teachers are alarmed and try to get them to a clinic. But it is all so slow and heavily encumbered with red tape and waiting lists and missing, lost or canceled welfare cards, that dental care is often long delayed. Children live for months with pain that grown-ups would find unendurable. The gradual attrition of accepted pain erodes their energy and aspirations… to me, most shocking is to see a child with an abscess that has been inflamed for weeks and that he has simply lived with and accepts as part of the routine of life.”
Jonathan Kozol, Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools (1991)