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     Dental disease is the single most prevalent chronic childhood disease. With today’s tools and technologies, oral disease is almost 100% preventable. Prevention is cost effective, with the potential to save millions of dollars.
     The West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition is committed to improving oral health in West Virginia by increasing public awareness of the problem, disseminating the results of research about the value and efficacy of oral disease prevention, coordinating state and local efforts, and proposing and supporting policy changes that foster improved oral health for West Virginia children and families.


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Bad gums could be as strong a risk factor for heart attacks as smoking cigarettes, which causes about 40,000 heart-related deaths a year. Daniel Haney, AP Medical Director, 2/1998

A new study of fatty deposits lodged in the carotid arteries of stroke sufferers shows that 70% contain bacteria and 40% of the bacteria comes from the mouth. USA Today, 4/1998

Men with periodontal disease have a stronger propensity for cardio-vascular disease than men without periodontal disease, with those under 50 with periodontal disease having a greater risk than those over 50. J. Periodontal 1998: 69:841-850.

Diabetics with gum disease were three times more likely to have heart attacks than those without gum disease. USA Today, 4/1998.

Women with gum disease are seven to eight times more likely to give birth prematurely to low birth-weight babies. USA Today, 4/1998

Bacteria in plaque are linked to lung infections in people with chronic lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. USA Today, 2/1998.

It appears that the extent of sites with probing depths >3 mm is strongly related to the incidence of total coronary heart disease. Annals of Periodontology, Vol.3 #1, July 1998; 127-141.

Studies also suggest that good oral hygiene habits may improve fertility in sub-fertile males. Oral Health and Hygiene, 9/1999.

Under the surface . . . are pockets of infection that contain billions of bacteria. If this oozing mess was out where it could be seen, it would be a bone-deep sore the size of the palms of both hands. Daniel Haney, AP Medical Director, 2/1998.

Oral health supporters gathered with First Lady Gayle Manchin at  the December 2006 Oral Health Summit at the Governor's Mansion.  For more pictures from the summit, click here.

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