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Oral Cancer Awareness

Approximately 54,000 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. 132 new people in the US every day will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer, and one person every hour of the day, 24/7/365, will die from it. Early detection is key!

Performing self-examinations regularly increases the chance of identifying changes or new growths early. Learn how to do a self-exam from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

If you use tobacco products, drink alcohol, been exposed to the sexually transmitted Human Papillomavirus (HPV), or other risk factors, you should see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or your dentist for an oral examination at least annually.

The earlier the cancer is detected, the easier the treatment and the greater the chance of a cure.

 

senior dental assessmentThe 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.

Learn more about the role of oral health in addiction, treatment and recovery services.

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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