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Moving the Agenda on Pediatric Oral Health

      Weitzman and Moss conclude that profound and consequential disparities in children's oral health and dental care can be eradicated. They encourage us to appreciate that “solutions lie within reach” if only societal, professional, and political will were brought to bear in a concerted, sustained, and coordinated effort. Indeed, oral health provides a seemingly straightforward model for accomplishing pediatric health equity. The majority of children, even those disadvantaged by low income and adverse social conditions, enjoy remarkably good oral health, whereas the minority (an estimated 3 to 4 million children) suffer from extensive and disabling oral disease and inadequate care. Common oral conditions are either avoidable, preventable, or readily treatable. Yet as a society, as health professionals, as policymakers, as child advocates, and as academics, most have not elected to allocate communal resources—people, dollars, or programs—to extend the benefits of oral health to all children. Perhaps this long-standing shortcoming in attention to a problem that is literally under our noses may now be changing.
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      1. Available at: http://www.healthlaw.org/pubs/200010dentaldocket.html Accessed February 7, 2001

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        • Weitzman M
        • Moss ME
        Critical questions about children's oral health needs.
        Ambulatory Pediatr. 2001; 1: 162-166