What's the No. 1 most common chronic disease among children?

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Access to dental care for all patients can be a challenge, especially for children of color, according to the Precinct Reporter Group.

To further expand on the lack of dental care Pew Charitable Trusts put out a survey that found the No. 1 most common chronic disease in children in the U.S. is tooth decay. Some reasons for the development of tooth decay include parents not taking children to the dentist and dental services not being available in certain areas.

HSS also listed the lack of dental providers to be a reason for the spike in tooth decay. To help combat the prevalence of tooth decay Marietta, Ga.-based Kool Smiles is rolling out new programs to give children improved access to dental care.

Earlier in May, various Kool Smiles practices provided free dental care to children. The dental service organization is looking to reach children in low income communities, including the more than 18 million low-income children with no access to healthcare, according to Pew.

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