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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

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:

Coronavirus Disease and Oral Health Information for Parents About Visiting the Dental Office provides information about what dental offices are doing to keep patients and parents safe and what to expect before and during a dental visit.

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Coronavirus Disease and Oral Health: Information for Parents About Promoting Good Oral Health at Home provides healthy eating and oral hygiene tips to practice at home.

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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/





 


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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.