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ONE HEALTHY LIFE: Elisa

"My daughter Elisa is always on the go, and brushing teeth is not the first thing on her mind. Thankfully, it is for the AAHP which operates an outreach program at my daughter's school, teaching children the importance of dental hygiene. They provide free screenings, discounted dental services, and hundreds of backpacks filled with toothpaste and floss. The AAHP gives me the confidence of knowing that Elisa is brushing down her chances for cancer as an adult."

Good oral health plays a major role in your overall well-being. Daily brushing and flossing is important because how you take care of your oral health affects the health of your entire body. If you do not brush and floss daily to keep your teeth and gums clean, plaque can build up along your gum line. This creates an environment where additional bacteria can accumulate in the space between your gums and teeth, leading to more serious problems. It is also important that good oral health for children begin at infancy.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • African Americans are among the racial/ethnic groups that have the poorest oral health in the U.S.
  • The greatest disparity of children with tooth decay is seen in African Americans.
  • African Americans aged 35-44 years experience untreated tooth decay nearly twice as often as white Americans
  • The 5-year survival rate of oral pharyngeal cancers among African American men (36%) is almost half of that for white Americans (61%).
  • Periodontal disease is greater in African Americans that almost all other racial groups.


AAHP offers a variety of resources to support good oral health. Click on the side links to learn more.

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