Oral Health Task Force

First 5 coordinates a task force whose goal is to improve the oral health of children 0-5 in Amador County through education, services, and improved systems of care.  

The task force includes partners from: 
  • A-TCAA Head Start                                                       
  • Dr. Womack's Office
  • Jackson Creek Dental
  • Amador County Public Health
  • First 5 Amador
  • Amador County Unified School District
  • Amador Community Foundation
  • Sutter Creek Smiles

The driving force behind the task force are the findings below from a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Dental caries, cavities, is the most common chronic disease affecting children in the United States. It is 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever.
  • Early childhood dental caries emerge within all cultural and economic pediatric populations.
  • By the time children are in preschool (ages 2-3), 18.7% have at least 1 tooth with untreated caries.
  • By early school (ages 5-9), 51.6% have either a carious lesion or a filling in a primary tooth.
  • Overall, 58.6% children ages 5 to 17 have caries.
  • Pediatricians and other child health professionals can have a major impact on oral health outcomes for children because of the opportunities provided by early intervention.

If you are interested in helping improve the oral health of children in Amador, please contact us at 257-1092.

Here are some resources and more information for parents:

Healthy Smiles = Healthy Kids: watch this great video to learn how to keep your young children's teeth healthy and strong! Click here.

Healthy Baby Teeth
- Check out the Tooth Wheel in English or Spanish - learn how to Baby those Baby Teeth! Developed by the Greater Flint Health Coalition.