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Pediatric Oral Healthcare in Tennessee and Mississippi, USA


1 MPH candidate, Jackson State University, MS, USA
2 Associate Professor of Public Health, Depart- ment of Behavioral and Environmental Health, Coordinator, DrPH, School of Health Sciences, College of Public Service, Jackson State University, MS, USA
3 Professor of Public Health, Department of Behavioral and Environmental Health, School of Health Sciences, College of Public Service, Jackson State University, MS, USA
4 Assistant Professor of Public Health, School of Health Sciences, College of Public Service, Jackson State University, MS, USA
*Corresponding Author: M Shahbazi , MPH, CHES, 350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave, Suite 2301-B, Jackson Medi- cal Mall, Jackson, MS 39213, USA, Tel.: +1-6013682043, Fax: +1-6013682081, E-mail: [email protected].
Shiraz E-Medical Journal. 8(3): 98-109.
Article Type: Review Article; Received: Jan 20, 2007; Accepted: Mar 14, 2007; epub: Jul 1, 2007;

Abstract


Children in the U.S. suffer from high rates of cavities, dental caries, and other childhood oral diseases. Pediatric oral healthcare in the United States is a very important issue; however, despite funding for pediatric oral healthcare from federal, state, and private organizations it remains an often neglected issue. Expanded preventive care services, strengthened relationships between policymakers, dental care providers and public health professionals are needed to improve the oral healthcare delivery for children.

Keywords: Mississippi, Tennessee, USA, Pediatric, Oral, Health.