Oral Health Program
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.
Mark Your Calendars for World Oral Health Day, March 20, 2014. World Oral Health Day is sponsored by the FDI World Dental Foundation every year on March 20 to highlight the benefits of a healthy mouth and promote worldwide awareness of oral health and the importance of oral hygiene. In addition, the observance offers the dental and oral health community a platform for action to help reduce the global oral disease burden. Health associations, specialist groups, governmental groups, educational associations, schools, community groups, and members of the general public are encouraged to take part in World Oral Health Day 2014.
South Dakota's Oral Health Status
- 2010 South Dakota Oral Health Survey Report | Executive Summary
- Snapshot of Oral Health in South Dakota: 2012 | 2009 | 2007
- Annual Summary of Plan Activities: 2010 | 2009
- The Oral Health of SD's Head Start Children: Basic Screening Survey 2012
- Oral Cancer in South Dakota, 2010
- Oral Health Plan for South Dakota
- South Dakota 2011 Healthcare Workforce Report
- South Dakota Health Professional Shortage Areas - Dental Healthcare
United States Oral Health Status