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Celebrate Children's Dental Health Month in February!

February is National Children's Dental Health Month. This year's theme is "Fluoride in water prevents cavities! Get it from the tap!" 2020 marks the 75th year anniversary of safe and effective use of community water fluoridation in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has named community water fluoridation one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. 

For tips to maintain good oral health, visit Caring for Your Teeth.

Assistant Surgeon General Visits Oregon

Assistant Surgeon General Dr. Tim Ricks

Assistant Surgeon General
Dr. Tim Ricks, DMD, MPH

Assistant Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Tim Ricks, DMD, MPH visited Oregon on September 23, 2019. The Oregon Health Authority and Dr. Ricks livestreamed a presentation that discussed the upcoming Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health, and the successes and challenges of oral health integration nationally and in Oregon.

For those who were unable to attend, you can watch the recording and download the PowerPoint presentations below.

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Oral Health Program

The Oregon Health Authority's Oral Health Program is responsible for advancing evidence-based strategies to improve the oral health of all Oregonians. The Program is designed after the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors' (ASTDD) model for state-based oral health programs. The Oral Health Program takes a comprehensive approach to address oral health issues across the lifespan through these activities:

  • Creating systems and leadership capacity to incorporate oral health into overall health prevention strategies
  • Ongoing data collection and maintenance of the Oregon Oral Health Surveillance System
  • Policy development
  • Delivery of school-based oral health programs
  • Oral health promotion and education for the public
  • Building partnerships and collaboration to support the integration of oral health
  • Workforce development

Brushing Calendar

brushing calendar

To make brushing fun and rewarding, the OHA School-based Dental Sealant Program has developed a calendar that children can use to keep track of brushing twice each day. Please download the calendar in a preferred language.

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