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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

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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