Despite changes to our nation’s healthcare coverage for children, access to dental care continues to be a significant issue for families in our community, in part, because of cost and accessibility. Dental disease and a lack of dental education affects the children in our community in a number of ways. If left untreated, dental disease can be devastating to children's health, educational success, productivity, self-image and future potential.
The Jerome Kersey Foundation improves the lives of children in our community through dental care and education. To serve this purpose the Foundation is actively working on two major initiatives. The first is to provide preventative dental services and dental education.
The second major initiative is a mobile Interactive learning lab. This gives children a fun environment to learn about oral hygiene and care through innovative stations providing a hands on experience. The result is decreased dental anxiety and an increase in healthy habits. Ensuring children have access to basic preventive dental care can improve their chances for a successful future.
Dental disease is the most common chronic health condition in children, and yet it is preventable.