The Value of a Child’s Smile

Child Oral health prevention and care should be required within high-quality early education and care settings as Educare Central Maine provides. Children cannot learn and eat well when their teeth are rotting.

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If we want our children to grow up and become the next generation of successful Mainers, we need to ensure early access to quality health care. Healthy kids are better equipped to develop physically, socially and cognitively. And, oral health care plays a critical role in healthy child development.

More than just a Smile

Oral health and general health are inexplicably linked. Not only does a lack of oral health care lead to increased dental health problems, but it also leads to poor health outcomes, including increased rates of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. As a result, children should begin receiving oral health care at age one. When a child does not receive necessary preventive oral health care, their entire well-being is threatened.

Oral Health and Maine Kids

The 2015 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey found:

  • 27.7 percent of kindergartners had dental caries experiences
  • 40.9 percent…

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MCA Presents: the 2015 Giraffe Award Winners

Congrats to My Place Teen Center for its upcoming honors by the Maine Children’s Alliance.

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The Maine Children’s Alliance is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Giraffe Awards, which are awarded to heroes in the community who “stick out their necks” for Maine children, youth and families.

The awards will be presented at the Maine Children’s Alliance’s annual Champions for Children Event on October 27, 2015 at the Green Ladle in Lewiston, beginning at 5:30 PM. The event will feature award winning, Maine author Maria Padian as the Keynote Speaker, Tree Street Youth Executive Director and former Giraffe Award winner, Julia Sleeper as MC, and feature music from the Pihcinthu Multinational Children’s Choir.

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