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Communicating About Disparities in Children’s Oral Health

July 5, 2011

The disparities in oral health by economic status and race are important, and deserve the full attention of advocates. If this information isn’t communicated carefully, this can lead to discussions about different experiences and outcomes for specific groups becoming dominated by unhelpful patterns of thought. This, in turn, derails support for policy solutions to remedy inequality. However, reminding the public of the big picture of children’s oral health and its impact on all children is a way to increase support for policies to create better outcomes for every child.