The Children's Dental Health Project (CDHP) created these resources to help families, health providers, policymakers and health advocates advance strategies to improve children's health and reduce costs. By preventing early tooth decay — or at least managing it — states can improve health and the many things that health affects, including economic success.
The best way to avoid the cost and potential pain of dental disease is to prevent it -- early in a child's life. Recent data show that about 1 in 6 preschool-age children has experienced tooth decay. Children from low-income families have more untreated tooth decay.
CDHP works with policymakers, advocates and health professionals to strengthen our nation's ability to prevent early childhood caries. We must start early in life. A mother's oral health affects a child's risk of tooth decay. From pregnancy onward, families need a coordinated system to put their children on a path toward good oral health, and overall health.
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CDHP launched End Cavities in coordination with the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF), a global initiative seeking to ensure that every child born in 2026 or later is cavity-free throughout their lifetime.