Children's Hospital Colorado

Treating the Silent Epidemic of Dental Health

A young child sits in a dental exam chair.

Why dental health matters

The increasing number of children living with untreated dental decay and/or dental caries has been identified as a silent epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC has identified approximately one in four children aged 3-5 and 6-9 years living in poverty has untreated dental caries.

Further, dental health issues continue to be a leading cause of school absenteeism for Colorado’s kids. According to the Delta Dental Foundation, in Colorado, on average, parents miss 2.5 days of work and kids miss 58 hours of school to address oral health challenges. Additionally, pregnant women with untreated dental health challenges are at a higher risk of experiencing premature delivery of their babies.

Children’s Hospital Colorado is committed to providing families with the resources and education necessary to ensure healthy teeth for kids.

Let's address dental health needs together

Learn what we're doing to support dental health and how you can help in your home and community.

Children’s Hospital Colorado will focus on two major areas of prevention and health promotion to address this health priority area:

  • Goal 1: Increase Access to Oral Health Care
  • Goal 2: Promote oral health in provider, community and home settings

Cavity Free at Three

Cavity-Free at Three (CF3) is Children’s Colorado’s infant oral healthcare program that provides preventative dental care to children under the age of three.

Grow and Smile 

We're partnering with Kohl's Cares to improve oral health and provide oral health education for students in Aurora Public Schools through the Grow and Smile Program.

Ensuring the children in your life are receiving proper oral health care is the first step to addressing this critical need as a community. 

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Join the Child Health Champions network

Our advocacy efforts rely on the strength and action of Children's Hospital Colorado’s Grassroots Advocacy Network. This is a group of people who care about kids' health and well-being and want to make a difference.

More than 4,000 people currently participate in the Network, which joins the voices of physicians, healthcare professionals, patients and families with business leaders and community members to speak up clearly and powerfully for kids when public policy decisions are made. Advocates write letters, make phone calls and share information when needed to influence public policies. Learn how to join the network today!