Give Kids A Smile
Give Kids A Smile
Give Kids A Smile
Give Kids A Smile
Dental Facts to Think about...
  • 1 in 5 children live in poverty in Missouri

  • 250,000 children in Missouri live at or below the poverty level

  • 98,000 children in Missouri live in extreme poverty (1/2 of the poverty level)

  • Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in... 53% of all 6-8 year olds

  • Tooth decay is dramatically on the rise for children ages 0-5 years old

  • 84% of all 17 year olds and older have or have had tooth decay

  • Over 52 million school hours and over 140 million work hours are missed each year due to dental problems

  • Over 40% of all Americans fail to see a dentist every year - this number climbs to 70% within the poor population

  • Access to quality dental care is a major concern for the underserved

  • Medicaid providers are limited in numbers in Missouri - 3 major reasons:

    • inadequate funding by the Medicaid system

    • broken appointments by patients complicate the treatment

    • burdensome paper work for offices reduces provider numbers
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Greater St. Louis Dental Society
Delta Dental
ADA - American Dental Association
Missouri Foundation for Health
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