Good oral health is essential to general health and well-being and involves much more than healthy teeth. Oral infections are associated with heart and lung disease, stroke, diabetes, and low-birth-weight, premature babies. Left untreated, tooth decay or oral infections can lead to other health problems and significant pain, interference with eating and nutrition, overuse of emergency rooms, and lost school or work time.
The Oral Health Program works to increase awareness of the importance of oral health and preventive care, foster community and statewide partnerships to promote oral health and improve access to dental care, and promote the use of innovative and cost effective approaches to oral health promotion and disease prevention.
South Dakota's Oral Health Status
United States Oral Health Status