Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic childhood illnesses and is five times more prevalent than asthma. "Far too many children suffer far too much dental disease, and it is overwhelmingly preventable," says Burton L. Edelstein, D.D.S., founding director of the Children's Dental Health Project in Washington, DC. Legislators are listening: A bill, the Children's Dental Health Improvement Act of 2002, aimed at increasing kids' access to dental services, has been introduced in Congress and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) in Chicago and other healthcare organizations.
What can you do to improve your children's dental health? Start by testing your knowledge and brushing up on your dental facts. This advice comes courtesy of the AAPD as well as the Chicago-based American Dental Association.
Give yourself one point for each correct answer. Then add your points to find out how you rate on dental awareness. If you totaled:
Copyright © 2003. Reprinted with permission from the March 2003 issue of Child magazine.
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