Better oral health helps school performance. It is estimated that more than 51 million school hours are missed annually due to dental conditions.
We know that school-based dental services have become a crucial way to connect low-income students, particularly students of color, with oral health care and education. And ensuring that every child — regardless of their background — has access to oral health care is a key to reducing the deep racial disparities in health care.
By Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan, president and CEO of the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement and Catalyst Institute, Inc.
September 15, 2020