Oral Health

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Oral Health

Oral health is essential to general health and well-being at every stage of life. A healthy mouth enables not only nutrition of the physical body, but also enhances social interaction and promotes self-esteem and feelings of well-being. The mouth serves as a “window” to the rest of the body, providing signals of general health disorders.

Oral health is more important than many people realize. Get the facts about how the health of an individual’s mouth, teeth and gums can affect his or her general health.

2017-2020 Pennsylvania Oral Health Plan- This Plan is the guiding document for oral health activities in Pennsylvania, with a focus on access, workforce, and infrastructure. The plan was developed by the Oral Health Core Team under the supervision of the Department of Health, Bureau of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction. 

To learn more about managing oral health please visit the following resources:

Oral Health Data Sources 

Pennsylvania School Health Oral Health Data

CDC: Oral Health Data System

National Oral Health Surveillance System

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Data

Public Drinking Water Reporting System

Oral Health Resources for Providers

State Board of Dentistry

American Public Health Association-Oral Health Section

Assocation of State and Territorial Dental Directors

Oral Health Connections: Linking School Nurses to Health and Wellness Resources

Healthy Teeth Healthy Children

PA Age One Connect the Dots

DentaQuest Institute 

Oral Health America

Children's Dental Health Project

Pennsylvania Dental Assistants Association

Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists' Association

Pennsylvania Coalition for Oral Health 

Oral Health Resources for Individuals and Families

Children’s Oral Health

University of Pittsburgh, Student Community Outreach Program and Education (SCOPE)

Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers

Find A Health Center Near You 

Pennsylvania Head Start Association 

Public Drinking Water

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

PA Dental Association

American Association of Public Health Dentistry Foundation

St. Christopher's Foundation for Children

I like My Teeth