Oral Health

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Abstract What is the full meaning of oral health and its importance to general health and well-being? It is stated in the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial research that oral health is integral to general health. According to the Namibian Dental Association, dentistry dates all the way back to the early Egyptian civilization. One major barrier to oral health is the access to insurance. Several American are without dental insurance and feel that they do not need to receive routine dental visits. Many theories exist and more studies are underway to explore the connection between good oral health and the overall health of a person. Oral Health is mostly affected in the greatest ethnic and racial disparity among children is…show more content…
Ensuring that the most vulnerable children and families are served by Head Start and Early Head Start must be a given. There is too much at stake. (p.1).” The State Action for Oral Health Access initiative was launched in 2002 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to address the disparities in access to dental services for low-income children and adults. The initiative was managed by the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). Under the initiative, six states developed programs to address the multi-faceted challenges of improving the oral health delivery system. (Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.: Catalyzing Improvements in Oral Health Care: Best Practices from the State Action for Oral Health Access Initiative). In South Carolina, Bright Futures has been an integral tool in the State’s efforts to improve children’s oral health. These efforts focused initially on school age children and, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, have expanded to address the oral health needs of younger children, including infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, as well as children with special health care needs. The State’s Department of Health

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