FREDERICK, Md. - Dental decay is the most common chronic disease found in children, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It is five times more common than asthma.
Problems related to dental decay are compounded for school-aged children because poor oral health can lead to low self-esteem, problems speaking and eating, and difficulty concentrating in school.
Nationwide each year, more than 51 million school hours are lost because of dental-related problems.
The Frederick County Health Department provides dental services for children ages 1 through 18 receiving Medical Assistance and are uninsured or underinsured.
A dental examination is also provided for all children enrolled in Head Start and do not have a private dentist. Last year, the FCHD Dental Department treated more than 2,400 patients.