The Oral Health Program has contracts with agencies across the state to provide preventive and reparative dental services for NH's children and adults who don't have access to dental care. In cooperation with NH's Medicaid program, community organizations, schools, private foundations and medical and dental professionals, the Oral Health Program is raising the public's awareness of good oral health as an important part of total health and wellness. The Oral Health Program promotes the benefits of community water fluoridation and protective dental sealants to prevent dental disease and improve the oral health of all NH residents.
The 2013-14 Third Grade Healthy Smiles Healthy Growth Survey will begin in August 2013. The Division of Public Health Services, with support from the Department of Education, will provide trained professionals to conduct oral health and height-weight screenings. This data will allow us to measure progress in the prevention of dental disease and obesity. Consent forms and cover letters to the parents are here for your review.
Twenty-one school-based dental programs and thirteen dental centers across the state offer a range of oral health services. Each program or dental center has its own eligibility rules to qualify for services. Generally speaking the client must live in the geographic area served by the program, fulfill financial eligibility requirements and fall within the patient population age criteria determined by the dental program.
Working with the state Offices of Rural Health & Primary Care, the Oral Health Program identifies Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas so dental school loan repayment agreements can offer incentives to dental professionals who will relocate to areas of the state where few dentists and dental hygienists provide services to low-income families.
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