232338 Reducing oral health disparities among children through policy change in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 2:50 PM - 3:10 PM

Jonathan Shenkin, DDS, MPH , Augusta Pediatric Dentistry, Augusta, ME
Critical changes have been made in the federally funded school meals programs to reduce sugar consumption among children. These changes have had little impact on the oral health status of children who are not yet school-age, and for children when they are not on school grounds. Other federally funded programs contribute much more to the disparity of excess consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (SSB), but do not have policies to reduce these high consumption levels. Finding mechanisms within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamp program) to incentivize the purchase of healthier foods, while reducing the consumption of SSB will be critical in reducing oral health disparities among children.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
To describe the environment where children are exposed to cariogenic beverages and how modifications may improve their oral health.

Keywords: Oral Health, Food and Nutrition

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a pediatric dentist in private practice in Augusta, Maine. I am also a public health dentist and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Health Policy, Health Services Research and Pediatric Dentistry at Boston University’s School of Dental Medicine.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.