from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care :
“EEC’s new regs require educators to assist children in brushing their teeth whenever children remain in care for more than four hours and/or consume a meal in child care.
One in four Massachusetts kindergartners have dental decay; 50% of which goes untreated. Low income children affected almost twice as often as their more affluent peers.
Early tooth loss is linked to failure to thrive, impaired speech development, poor concentration, and reduced self-esteem.