Just Kids Dental Works to Curb Tooth Decay

By KBJR News 1

February 20, 2013 Updated Feb 20, 2013 at 4:13 PM CDT

(NNCNOW.com) More than half of Minnesota's 8-year-olds are suffering from tooth decay and students in Two Harbors are getting a chance to curb the trend.

The Minnesota Department of Health released a report Tuesday showing that Minnesota's 55 percent statistic is somewhat higher than the national average of 53 percent for children 6 to 8 years old.

Health Department spokespeople say an average of $49 M a year is spent in hospital charges for treating non-traumatic dental emergencies that could have been prevented.

The report says tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in America, five times more common than asthma.

Health Department spokespeople say low-income children are more likely to have oral diseases than more affluent peers.

With new statistics showing poor dental health in MN youth, kids in Two Harbors are getting the chance to curb the trend through oral education.

The Just Kids Dental program is delivering a district-wide oral hygiene program to all 2nd and 3rd graders in Two Harbors on Wednesday.

It’s the third stop for the program in Minnesota for the 2012-2013 great toothbrush giveaway.

Every kid at Minnehaha Elementary School will go home with a toothbrush kit as part of a goal to distribute 10 thousand toothbrushes to kids this school year.