Super Dentists, Del Mar Schools Announce Partnership to Educate Families
The partnership, which comes as California students are required to show proof of a dental examination prior to entering school, will educate local families about the importance of good oral health and help them comply with the law.
“Cavities indicate a bacterial imbalance which can be a sign of serious health issues,” said Kami Hoss, CEO of The Super Dentists. “Poor oral health can impact: a child’s oral and facial growth and development, confidence and psychological health and long-term physical health and even longevity.”
More than half of California kindergartners have dental decay, which has become the most common chronic disease in children today. Childhood dental tooth decay is four times more common than early childhood obesity, five times more common than asthma and 20 times more common than diabetes, according to American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Other statistics include:
- By the time California’s children reach third grade, 70 percent have dental decay, causing them to miss 51 million school hours
- 1 in five California kindergartners have more than seven cavities
- 70 percent of California third graders have dental decay
- 35 percent of children brush their teeth less than twice a day
Because oral care is a critical part of essential whole-person healthcare, this partnership will support student achievement and provide mutual assistance and benefits through shared time and resources, school leaders said.
“The Super Dentists is only the sixth corporate entity the district has chosen to officially partner with, because of their longtime commitment to San Diego,” said Jason Romero, assistant superintendent, Del Mar Unified School District.
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