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 Office of Dental Health 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.
Teeth: Your body’s early warning system - Marielle Pariseau DMD
The oral health of Missouri’s children is in crisis. Find out what Missouri’s Office of Dental Health and other dental health providers are doing and what the medical community can do to improve the oral health of Missouri’s children. Special thanks to Carol Berger, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, BS; Scott Argus, MA, MFA; Lilli Kayes, MFA; and Carl Leta for creating and providing this documentary.
Public Service Announcements regarding fluoridation benefits
- The American Academy of Pediatrics has created a great resource for parents to help you structure a nighttime routine for your child that includes brushing teeth, reading a book and creating a regular bedtime for ages 0-6. HealthyChildren.org – Brush, Book, Bed
- MISSOURI ORAL HEALTH CARE - Report of COVID-19 impact on workforce
- Do you know what fluoride varnish is? Learn more in this video: Fluoride Varnish – A Cavity Fighting Tool!
- Dental Sealants & Disease Prevention, ADA 2022
- Could the path to better brain health involve better mouth care?
- Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges is a culmination of two years of research and writing by over 400 contributors. As a follow up to the Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health in America, this report explores the nation's oral health over the last 20 years.