New Mexico Department of Health
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David Morgan
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The Importance of Good Dental Health


February is National Children's Dental Health Month, and the New Mexico Department of Health is encouraging parents to help their children develop good oral health and eating habits at an early age.

Tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning.

"A healthy mouth is an important part of disease prevention, not just for oral health but our overall health as well," said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. "Taking care of your children’s teeth, including baby teeth, from the very start is the key to good oral health.”

Nationwide, nearly one in four children under age five has cavities, according to the American Dental Association. Hispanics, American Indians and African Americans have more oral health disease than whites. That’s because of a lack of proper dental hygiene, a lack of dental insurance and a lack of dentists, especially in rural areas.

The Department of Health’s Office of Oral Health contracts with dental providers throughout the state to provide preventive and treatment services to low income and uninsured New Mexicans. The services include dental sealants, fluoride varnish and treating dental diseases.

Please visit the Dental and Oral Health section of our website for more information.


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La Importancia de Una Buena Salud Dental