Jun 25, 2010 2:55 PM by Carina Corral
One of the startling statistics expected to be presented at Santa Barbara County's first Oral Health Summit, which is being coordinated by the County's Office of Education, is that 40 percent of preschool children screened in the county have untreated tooth decay.
The summit brought together health professionals, school and community leaders, medical and dental providers, and public officials to discuss topics such as the impact poor oral health has on a child's overall health, the role pediatricians play in oral health education, and ways to increase access to dental care for children.
"We are very excited about this opportunity to bring together all the key players who will hear what we have learned about children's oral health to date, and to make plans for how to move forward in this county to improve the oral health of all our children," said Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools Bill Cirone.
Organizers said they hope to make this an annual event.