Oral health is essential for general health and well-being. Oral health problems affect not only the ability to eat and speak but are inter-connected with serious health issues like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and preterm or low birth weight. But the good news is that oral health problems are preventable. A healthy smile for life starts with healthy habits like brushing and flossing, using fluoride, making smart food choices and eating habits, and visiting the dentist at least yearly.
While the Missouri Oral Health Program does not offer direct care such as extractions, prosthetics/dentures, composite and silver fillings, and professional cleanings, we are committed to improving the oral health of all Missourians through education, prevention and leadership. We believe that healthy Missourians for life begins with access to, and availability of, quality primary healthcare services for all Missourians.
Gov. Jay Nixon announced that funds will allow for the expansion of dental coverage for low-income adults. The estimated start date is in April of 2016. See the Governor’s press release for more information. Current Medicaid beneficiaries may also want to contact their case workers for more information.