Tag: Oral health

Children’s Action Alliance — SAVE THE DATE: March 8 – Support oral health for the whole family at the Capitol

Children’s Action Alliance — SAVE THE DATE: March 8 – Support oral health for the whole family at the Capitol

| January 24, 2023

Research has shown that oral health is a core part of overall health, shaping well-being at every age. Dental disease can harm heart, and lungs, complicate diabetes, and even impact cognitive abilities as everyone gets older. Good oral health is also important in ensuring healthy pregnancies and thriving children.  Untreated dental disease may lead to complications such as preeclampsia—a potentially fatal blood pressure condition, preterm delivery, and lower birth weight babies. Additionally, children are much more likely to have cavities if their birth parent has untreated cavities or tooth loss, and they are much more likely to miss school due to pain in the mouth.In Arizona, over two million adults, over the age of 21 who participate in AHCCCS, do not have a dental benefit for preventative services.

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Education notebook: Districts prepare to welcome students back to classrooms. See more state education news here

Education notebook: Districts prepare to welcome students back to classrooms. See more state education news here

| February 16, 2021

Multiple school districts in southern Arizona plan on bringing students back to campus in the coming months, as parents call for in-person learning options and COVID-19 metrics improve.

This week, southern Arizona’s largest school district, Tucson Unified, announced students could return to campuses starting March 24. TUSD stands out among Tucson school districts for so far remaining in remote instruction throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

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New NAU research project to improve oral health of Arizona’s preschoolers

New NAU research project to improve oral health of Arizona’s preschoolers

| April 5, 2017

According to experts, approximately 23 percent of American children aged 2 to 5 years have caries, or untreated tooth decay. But that number is dramatically higher in Arizona, where 40 percent of preschoolers have tooth decay. Among the more rural, economically disadvantaged Hispanic and Native American populations of Northern Arizona, that number is even higher.

NAU bioinformatician and assistant professor Viacheslav “Slava” Fofanov recently received a $224,000 grant from the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission to determine the biological factors behind the caries epidemic. As the principal investigator of the project, Fofanov will lead an interdisciplinary team to research the root causes of the disease and develop potential solutions.

“Something is happening here in Arizona, especially Northern Arizona, that puts us at the top of a list we don’t want to be on,” Fofanov said.

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Taking a Bite Out of School Absences

Taking a Bite Out of School Absences

| July 18, 2016

First Things First partnered with the Arizona Department of Health Services to coordinate a statewide oral health study including dental screenings of 3,630 kindergarten children attending Arizona’s public schools and a survey of their caregivers.

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New Report Shows Impact of FTF Oral Health Investments

New Report Shows Impact of FTF Oral Health Investments

| May 5, 2016

A new report shows that First Things First and its early childhood partners are taking a bite out of school absences by funding preventive screenings and application of fluoride varnishes for kids 5 and younger.

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New Report Shows Impact of FTF Oral Health Investments

New Report Shows Impact of FTF Oral Health Investments

| April 29, 2016

A new report shows that First Things First and its early childhood partners are taking a bite out of school absences by funding preventive screenings and application of fluoride varnishes for kids 5 and younger.

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New Program – Dental Preventive Voucher

New Program – Dental Preventive Voucher

| April 18, 2016

There is a new dental resource in Flagstaff. Read more here.

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First Things First – Oral Health Impacts Learning

First Things First – Oral Health Impacts Learning

| October 18, 2015

Dental decay is one of the leading causes of school absenteeism, and it can start to develop as soon as a child’s first tooth appears. The most common chronic disease among children in the United States, untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to other serious problems with eating, speaking, playing and learning. Halloween, with its focus on sugary treats, offers the chance to remind families about the importance of caring for their infant or toddlers’ teeth.

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Oral Health Coalition Meeting

Oral Health Coalition Meeting

| February 11, 2015

The next Oral Health Coalition meeting will be Friday, February 13, 2015 at 1pm in The Native Culture Center at Northern Arizona University For questions, comments, and concerns e-mail dental.hygiene@nau.edu For the flyer click HERE.

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Oral Health Tips

Oral Health Tips

| February 8, 2015

First Things First reminds communities that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, which raises awareness about the importance of oral health. For information and tips on oral health click HERE.

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