Far too few Colorado children are receiving preventive oral health services as early and as often as needed for optimal oral health. Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease for school-age children. More than 30% of Colorado’s kindergartners have cavities, and those facing health disparities are more likely to need costly, restorative care.
Early Milestones led a strategic planning process focused on advancing integrated and preventive oral health in Colorado’s early childhood systems. The process engaged a broad and diverse set of stakeholders and emphasized equitable solutions to improving the oral health of all children. From these efforts, a strategic roadmap was created as a resource for anyone promoting the health of young children and their families.
Following the release of the Roadmap, Early Milestones engaged local system partners to promote its use. We are currently leveraging the Roadmap to support preschool programs as they implement health screening and practice elements from the new Universal Preschool Colorado program.