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Oral Health

Good oral health starts with your child's baby teeth. 

If baby teeth are kept cavity-free, then a child's adult teeth are more likely to be cavity-free.

Having healthy baby teeth:

  • Allows your child to chew and eat properly
  • Helps your child to speak more clearly
  • Guides adult teeth into place
  • Helps to shape your baby's face
  • Keeps future dental costs to a minimum

Good oral health includes:

  • Seeing a dentist regularly
  • Brushing teeth for at least two minutes, two times a day
  • Flossing teeth daily
  • Using fluoride (toothpaste, varnish, fluoridated water)
  • Choosing healthy snacks like vegetables, cheese, and fruits (not fruit juice)
  • Avoiding tobacco
  • Protecting the mouth from injury

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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