Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation’s mission is to improve Colorado’s oral health by eradicating childhood tooth decay. Here’s why tooth decay matters:
An estimated 30,000 Colorado children in kindergarten through third grade have untreated tooth decay—many from poor families. Tooth decay is the #1 chronic disease of childhood and one of the state’s “10 Winnable Battles” because it’s preventable.

Fluoride toothpaste helps prevent decay, but it’s not enough. Sugar rots kids’ teeth. Juice is a common source of sugar in children’s diets. Yet parents mistakenly think juice is healthy. Tap water helps prevent decay and promotes good health.

School readiness and performance among kids with untreated decay is negatively impacted due to pain, absence, self-esteem issues and other factors.

Poor oral health is linked to cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

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