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.
October is Dental Hygiene Month
To learn more, see the information below.
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
- Preventive Services Program (PSP): Back to School Message
The Preventive Services Program (PSP) is dedicated to promoting healthy smiles for all of our state’s children, through education and preventive treatment. Find out how you can bring the dental Preventive Services Program to your community.
- MDA... The Week that Was: June 21-25
Fluoride Heroes Everywhere – Park Hills Water Department was Awarded a Reaffirmation Award and Poplar Bluff Utilities Department was honored for 50 years of community water fluoridation. The New Wave Pellet Fluoridation System was demonstrated at MDA office, and a retirement party for Dr. John Dane was held.
- Elk's Report: Information on the Oral Health of Individuals with Intellectual/Development Disabilities, 2019-2020