On #Giving Tuesday, Invest in the Health of Children in North Philadelphia

#GivingTuesday is here and serves as a reminder of what great impact can be made by the collective efforts of many. Today, please consider supporting the health and well-being of children and families in North Philadelphia. As one of the poorest and most challenged communities in America, your investment will make an important and lasting impact. With your help, St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children can continue building community-based programs that address the “root” of some...Read more...

TEDx Talks Pediatric Tooth Decay

Oral health is an important part of our programming at SCFC, which is why a new video from TEDx got our attention recently. Here, Dr. Karen Sokal-Gutierrez – a physician trained in pediatrics, preventative medicine and public health – discusses the relationship between oral health for moms and their kids. Click here to watch the video: A component of our own Community Oral Health Initiatives, the My Baby’s Smile program, provides prenatal oral health services to improve the oral health of...Read more...

Fact vs. Fiction About Oral Health for Kids

The truth about flossing, bleeding gums and the impact of asthma inhalers As part of our Community Oral Health Initiatives, which is helping to improve the health of children and families in North Philly, Judy Gelinas (director of Oral Health Initiatives housed at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children) has been getting the word out about oral health fact and fiction. Here are three common assumptions she helps to shed light on: “Healthy gums don’t bleed.” True: Bleeding means your gums are...Read more...

The Truth About Tooth Decay in Kids

A few ways to prevent oral health problems at an early age Fact: Tooth decay is the most common chronic health problem in children today, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fact: More than a quarter of all children have decay in their baby teeth by the time they start kindergarten. Fact: Nearly 68 percent of teens ages 16 to 19 have decay in their adult teeth. So what can we do to help eradicate this dental health epidemic? The American Association of Pediatrics has...Read more...

What Happens to Oral Health Under the Affordable Care Act?

Find out the latest for you and your family Not everyone who supported the Affordable Care Act is pleased with what it could mean for the future of kid’s dental care, according to the Kaiser Health News. The concern is that children who would have access oral healthcare as part of the new plan (among families who don’t already qualify for Medicaid or CHIP) may not be able to afford it after all. “This is a huge disappointment,” Sen. Ben Cardin, a longtime proponent of improving...Read more...

5 Ways to Protect Your Child’s Oral Health

Plus: free dental exams, referrals and pediatric help We offer several initiatives designed to educate, prevent and care for children’s oral health in Philadelphia. If you or someone you know would like access these programs, it’s as easy as five steps: Treatment: The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile provides comprehensive and continuous oral health care through individual hygiene instruction and preventive and restorative therapies. Education: “My Marvelous Mouth” improves oral health literacy by...Read more...