Dental Health Among Low-Income Children
Children ages 6-11 from low-income families are three times more likely to have untreated tooth decay compared with children in higher income families.
Compared to children in higher income families, children in low-income families are also five times more likely to have cavities, have three times the number of decayed teeth and are only half as likely to see a dentist over the course of a year.
According to Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, poor dental health in young children has the potential to affect speech, nutrition, social development and quality of life.
Oral diseases in young children have been linked to ear and sinus infections and weakened immune systems, as well as diabetes, and heart and lung disease.
Studies have found that children with oral diseases are restricted in their daily activities and miss more then 51 million hours of school each year.