Dental Health Community Education Program
The dental health program is an educational program for the community that provides dental health information to people of all ages. The goal of this program is to increase community awareness of the importance of oral health and its impact on the overall health of the individual. Educational programs are available for children and adults.
This program continues to partner and collaborate with civic groups, and other community groups to promote good oral health for the citizens of the community.
- Tooth decay remains one of the most common disease of childhood - five times as common as asthma and seven times as common as hay fever.
- More than half of children aged 5 to 9 have had at least one cavity or filling, and 78% of 17 year olds have experienced tooth decay.
- Smokers have seven times the risk of developing gum disease compared to non-smokers. Tobacco in any form increases the risk for gum disease.
- Community water fluoridation is considered one of the great public health achievements of the 20th century.
Primary Oral Health Prevention Education for Professionals
In-service, contact hours for nurses, social workers and nutritionists are now available at no charge. Call to schedule. Learn the importance of primary prevention education. Learn more about the programs available to improve the oral health of the individuals in your community.
For more information, contact Gerrie McMillan, R.N., Dental Health Education from the Alabama Department of Public Health, at (251) 575-3108 ext. 222.