Local Oral Health Program

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Addressing Madera County’s Oral Health Crisis through Education, Treatment and Partnerships.

What we can do for you:

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  • Refer you to oral health services
  • Educate about oral health care
  • Work with policy makers and school districts to create a healthy oral health environment
  • Resource links and contact information at page bottom

What is the Oral Health Program?

In November 2016, California voters approved the passage of Proposition 56, the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016 (Prop 56). These funds assist Local County Oral Health Programs to provide education about oral health, dental disease prevention and create referrals to the treatment of dental disease caused by the use of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Goals of the Oral Health Program

The Madera County Department of Public Health’s Local Oral Health Program aims to improve the oral health of Madera County’s residents.  Efforts will be made toward expanding the capacity at the local level to educate and promote oral health information and education.  In addition, it is the program’s goal to provide linkages to dental treatment services, including treatment to address dental disease caused by the use of cigarettes and other tobacco products.  Program activities include: dental health education, disease prevention, linkage to treatment, and case management and surveillance. These goals will be achieved through collaborative efforts that address oral health needs, and prioritize underserved areas and populations.

2018-2022 OBJECTIVES
PARTNER CONNECT EDUCATE IMPLEMENT

With local dentists, teach and parents to increase preventative oral health services in the community.

Children grades K-6 to dental to receive fluoride supplements and dental sealants.

The community on the benefits of water and supplemental fluoridation.

An evidence-based literacy campaign that encourages oral health practices for young children

 

Current Community Projects

 THE ISSUES
  • Tooth decay is the most common chronic condition experienced by children.
  • 54% of kindergarteners and 70% of 3rd graders have experienced dental caries in California.
  • California Latino children and low-income children experience more tooth decay and untreated tooth decay than other children.
  • Tobacco use contributes to poor oral health in adults.   

Links to Resources

Questions? Or are you interested in joining our Oral Health Advisory Committee?

 Contact: Alan.Gilmore@maderacounty.com (559) 675-7893