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Facts About Tooth Decay

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Facts About Tooth Decay


Did you know that pediatric dental disease, also referred to as childhood tooth decay, is the #1 chronic childhood illness? When left untreated, childhood tooth decay can have devastating consequences that extend beyond the dental chair. Rampant decay can negatively impact a child’s overall quality of life, inhibit their cognitive and social development and compromise their growth, function, and self-esteem.

  • Pediatric dental disease is 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever.
  • Left untreated, pediatric dental disease can lead to malnourishment, bacterial infections, required emergency surgery and even death.
  • Pain and infection caused by tooth decay can lead to problems in eating, speaking and learning.
  • Dental disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pneumonia, poor pregnancy outcomes and dementia.

The Good News? Tooth Decay is Preventable!

A Children’s Oral Health Crisis
In the U.S. alone,

  • Dental care is the most prevalent unmet health need of children in the United States
  • An estimated 17 million children in America go without dental care each year
  • More than 51 million school hours and 164 million work hours are lost each year due to dental disease, leading to increased educational disparities and decreased productivity
  • Approximately 43% of America’s lack dental insurance, including more than 20 million children, almost 3 times the population lack medical coverage
  • For every $1 spent on oral health preventive measures, American taxpayers are saved as much as $50 in restorative and emergency procedures for the under and uninsured
  • Only 1.5% of 1 year olds have had a dental office visit compared with 89% who have had an office-based visit with their physician
  • 52% of new recruits have oral health problems needing urgent attention that would delay overseas deployment
  • More than 25% of children aged 2-5 years and 50% of those aged 12-15 years suffer from tooth decay

A Global Problem

Oral health services in many countries are limited.


  • Dental decay is the most common childhood disease worldwide.
  • Tooth decay is still a major problem in most industrialized countries, affecting 60-90% of school children and a majority of adults.
  • Access to oral health services in developing countries is limited, and teeth are often left untreated or are extracted due to pain.
  • Dental disease is the fourth most expensive disease to treat in most industrialized countries.

Source: America’s Tooth Fairy

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PRESS RELEASE: East 3rd Street Grand Opening Ceremony

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April 7, 2015

Bianca Rodas
Communications Manager
(323) 669-4339


EAST LOS ANGELES, CA – QueensCare Health Centers (QHC) welcomed more than 150 guests at its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held on Thursday, April 2, 2015. U.S. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, and California State Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez were present to welcome QHC to the neighborhood and speak on the importance of community health centers in Los Angeles. The event was sponsored by generous donations from Care 1st Health Plan and Health Net.

“The Grand Opening of the East 3rd Street health center represents the culmination of hard work and dedication from the staff, board members, and partners of QueensCare Health Centers,” said Barbara B. Hines, President & CEO of QueensCare Health Centers. “We are thankful for all of the support we have received from the community and look forward to providing quality, accessible care to East Los Angeles.”

Photo Caption: Barbara B. Hines, President & CEO, QueensCare Health Centers; California Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez; Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis; US Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard; and Allan Michelena, Chairman, QueensCare Health Centers perform the official ribbon cutting for the QueensCare Health Centers East 3rd Street facility on Thursday, April 2, 2015.

The East 3rd Street health center is a 25,000-square-foot medical home, which consolidated QHC’s two eastside facilities and doubled their capacity. Featuring eight dental operatories and 38 medical examination rooms, the facility will record more than 55,000 visits for nearly 15,000 patients, at full capacity.

This project was made possible thanks to significant financial support from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, The Ahmanson Foundation, The Rose Hills Foundation, W.M. Keck Foundation and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals.

About QueensCare Health Centers
QueensCare Health Centers’ mission is “to provide quality primary healthcare that is accessible to any patient in need in the communities we serve, regardless of ability to pay.” A non-profit community health organization, it was founded in 1925 by the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart to care for abandoned and neglected children. Since then, QHC has grown into one of the largest, most progressive Federally Qualified Health Centers in the nation, treating all patients regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or ability to pay. The agency currently operates five health centers in Hollywood, Eagle Rock, Echo Park and East Los Angeles. For more information about QueensCare Health Centers, please visit


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The Healthiest Diet: Eat Like a Mediterranean

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Eat Like a Mediterranean

As most of us have discovered dieting does not work. Losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight has to be a lifestyle change. That sounds intimidating, but small steps over the course of many months or years is very much possible.

Studies have shown again and again that a Mediterranean “diet” or more accurately, “way of eating”, is most ideal for a healthy weight. Following a Mediterranean diet is also associated with significant improvements in health, including decreased chances of developing:

  • Cancer
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Diabetes, and
  • Cardiovascular disease

So, what is the Mediterranean diet?

The Mediterranean diet is the traditional diet of Greece, Spain, Italy, and the surrounding regions. Long term scientific research has shown that people in this region have lower rates of chronic disease and a longer life expectancy.

The Mediterranean diet emphasizes foods from plant sources, including:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Beans
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts
  • Healthy fats like olive oil, and
  • Lean proteins like fish, chicken, and eggs

So, eat like a Mediterranean! Follow these simple steps to shift your dietary pattern for long term health.

  1. Eat lots of vegetables. Look at your plate, you should see a rainbow of colors!
  2. Eat locally grown and seasonally available foods. Visit your local farmer’s market [find your local market here: Farmer’s Market Finder] for affordable fruits and vegetables. Many farmer’s markets now take EBT or food stamps, so it’s becoming easier to get fresher and locally grown produce, even on a budget.
  3. Use olive oil as your principal fat. Butter, in moderation, is better than margarine and other processed vegetable oils. Other sources of good fats are nuts, sunflower seeds, coconut oil, olives, and avocados.
  4. Limit red meat, especially processed meats like hot dogs and sausages, to 12-16 oz per month. Start thinking of red meat as a side dish or a topping instead of the main entrée.
  5. Build your meals around beans, lentils, garbanzo beans, whole grains, and vegetables.
  6. Cheese is fine, but should be used in moderation.
  7. Plain, whole yogurt is full of good nutrients and probiotics. Avoid the dessert yogurts like Yoplait, etc. Make your own flavored yogurt with a drizzle of honey or fruit preserve.
  8. Eat more fish: salmon, sardines, and other small to medium sized fish are full of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Limit tuna and other bigger fish. The bigger the fish, the more mercury it will have. *(Pregnant and nursing mothers can consult this guide from Purdue University on the amount and type of fish to consume: Fish Consumption when You’re Pregnant.
  9. Switch to whole grains. Try bulgur, barley, farro, red, brown or black rice. Buy breads, pasta, and tortillas made with whole grain or whole wheat flour. Avoid enriched bleached flour.
  10. For dessert, eat fresh fruit and save cakes, cookies, and ice cream for special occasions or once per week.
  11. Finally, even moderate exercise, like walking, goes a long way in maintaining healthy weight and health.

Here’s to your health! Yasou!


  1. Meta Analysis of prospective cohort studies from 1966 through 2008 with a total of 1 574 299 study subjects
  3. Harvard School of Public Health
  4. Photo Credit: OldWays Preservation Trust
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Children’s Healthy Eating: Whole Diet

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Let’s Talk Children’s Oral Health

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MyHealth LA – Community Clinics Still Enrolling

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The following community clinics are still enrolling new patients into the MyHealth LA program. Please call the clinic of choice to ensure that they are still enrolling before showing up.

Las siguientes clínicas están inscribiendo nuevos pacientes en el programa MyHealth LA, el programa de cobertura medica del condado de Los Angeles para pacientes de bajos recursos. Por favor llame a la clínica de elección para garantizar que se siguen inscribiendo antes de ir.


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Covered California Health Fair – January 10th

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QueensCare Health Centers is hosting a Covered California Health Fair on Saturday, January 10, 2015. Come join us for free health screenings, a flu shot, assistance with health coverage enrollment, and community health resources.

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