Last week, I received the most touching gift – a framed picture from the West Virginia Head Start Association of little ones dressed up as what they want to be when they grow up. With their photos scattered on the branches of a hand-painted tree, these tiny doctors, teachers, mommies, and firefighters simply beamed with hope and aspiration.
On February 25, 2007, a young life was cut tragically short– not because of an accident or incurable illness. Twelve-year-old Deamonte Driver died as a result of complications from untreated tooth decay. The good that has come from this heartbreaking story is an increased awareness nationwide of the importance of access to preventive care and treatment for dental problems – something we showcase each February in his honor during Children’s Dental Health Month.