Did You Know?
Children’s literacy is a significant issue in our community. In fact, 71% of third-grade students in Stanislaus County do not read at grade level. These students are four times less likely to graduate from high school and will only earn $20,000 per year on average (Stanislaus READS!).
Stanislaus READS! is dedicated to helping children read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
How Is It All Connected?
Dental health is the leading cause of school absences for children.
• Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood illness, with 51 million school hours lost to dental-related illness each year (Attendance Works)
• In California alone, around 504,000 children missed at least one school day in 2007 due to a toothache or other oral health concern (Pew)
• Children who reported having recent tooth pain were four times more likely to have a low-grade point average, below the median GPA of 2.8 (Pew)
We are excited to partner with Stanislaus READS! to increase awareness and improve childhood literacy in our community. Our Little Free Library is one step we are taking to make a positive difference. It is located in our office, and anyone is welcome to take a book or leave a book! We want to encourage children to read by providing parents access to free and rotating children’s books. This cause is close to our hearts, and we appreciate your support!
The Good News:
Tooth decay is preventable! Parents or guardians can help by ensuring kids exercise regular dental health care and brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Fluoride can help prevent about one-third of decay in the primary teeth (CDC).
About Our Practice:
At Greater Modesto Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Center, we strive to provide our patients with the best quality care. We offer treatment for a full range of conditions including wisdom teeth removal, dental implant placement, corrective jaw surgery, facial trauma treatment, and more. If you are in need of an oral surgery procedure, Dr. Stan Baker, Dr. Michael Cadra, Dr. Jacob Barber, and Dr. Timothy Betita are oral and maxillofacial surgeons here to help.
How You Can Make a Positive Difference:
We appreciate any children’s book donations to help fill our Little Free Library! Feel free to stop by our office anytime.
Please visit www.greatermodestooralsurgery.com/community to learn more. Thank you!
Attendance Works: http://www.attendanceworks.org/dental-health-issues-take-a-bite-out-of-school-attendance/
Stanislaus READS!: http://www.stanreads.org/