First 5 Sacramento has taken a comprehensive approach to combating dental disease among young children and increasing awareness about the importance of good oral hygiene beginning at birth:
Baby teeth matter! Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases in infants and young children and it is preventable. It’s not only a health problem - it is a learning problem. When children are in pain they cannot learn.
What Parents Are Saying About Fear, Misconceptions and Other Barriers to Children’s Use of Dental Services. This study reveals the challenges Sacramento parents face that prevent them from taking their children to the dentist and includes recommendations for positive change.
Study of Dental Geographic Managed Care (GMC) for Sacramento County Children This report evaluates the improvements in local children's dental access and systems that have been implemented from the findings of the original report in 2010. Executive Summary
Julie Beyers, First 5 Oral Health Program Planner, (916) 876-6529