Celebrate Children's Dental Health Month in February!
February is National Children's Dental Health Month. This year's theme is "Water, Nature's Drink". One of the best ways to prevent cavities in children and adolescents is to swap any sugary beverages, including fruit juice and soda, with water. The American Dental Association offers more great tips to ensure your child has healthy teeth and gums:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss between your teeth every day.
- Eat healthy foods that limit sugary drinks and snacks.
- See your dentist regularly to prevent cavities and treat oral diseases.
For more tips on how to care for your child's teeth at different ages, please visit Caring for Your Teeth.
Dental Care and COVID-19
In an effort to stay home and stay safe, many Oregonians have skipped going to the dentist during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, it is still important to visit your dentist for regular check-ups and teeth cleaning. Dental providers are taking extra safety measures to keep you safe. Some dentists are even offering teledentistry, or video calls, during this time. Give your dentist a call to find out what changes they have made to lower the risk of spreading COVID-19 to patients and staff.
Below are handouts about changes to dental offices during COVID-19 and healthy eating and oral hygiene practices at home:
For more information about coronavirus (COVID-19) in Oregon, please visit the OHA COVID-19 Updates webpage.
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon, please visit https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/.
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