By: Jason B, Alex H, Vincenzo P, Jackson N
Problem: Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever. Oral diseases can cause increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, poor diabetes control, and premature childbirth. Most homeless people don't go to a dentist and don't brush their teeth.
Why it is important this problem is given proper attention: The homeless have a much higher chance of getting oral diseases than people with the proper shelter. Unfortunately, this fact became a devastating reality for the familly of Deamonte Driver, who at the age of 12 died from a bacterial infection that had spread to his brain. Oral diseases are fatal and they must be taken cared of.
Solution: To solve the problem, we could have fundraisers to spread the awareness of homeless dental care. Donations could help create a dentist office for the homeless and pay for most of their dental bills. People can volunteer to help homeless people with dental problems. Volunteers are the most important factor in an organization and help it grow. " The volunteers say they venjoy giving back, and appreciate the added bonus of learning about conditions they wouldn't otherwise get to see in their training".
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