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College students work as dental health mentors
Updated: 10/19/2012 5:00:04 PM

College students work as dental health mentors  Tooth decay is a major problem in the U.S., especially among American children. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tooth decay affects children more than any other chronic infectious disease, and untreated cavities can lead to eating, chewing, speaking and even learning problems. Recently, students from the Howard University School of Dentistry teamed up with students from numerous other dental colleges to help combat tooth decay in children.

According to the Washington Informer, these young people are now part of a movement called the Students United for America’s ToothFairy program. The idea behind this program is for college and high school students to become oral health mentors to young children.

"A major obstacle in tackling pediatric dental disease is getting the community to view oral health as an integral part of their overall health," said Tiereny Lloyd, who oversees the program in Washington D.C., quoted by the Informer. "Raising awareness of this silent but preventable epidemic has been my biggest campaign."

The young people go to community centers and schools and teach children positive oral health techniques in an effort to reduce the incidence of tooth decay. 

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