Good oral health is the foundation of overall health and is essential to the basic biological functions of chewing, swallowing, speaking, and smiling. Oral health is associated with pregnancy health, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease outcomes. Periodontal disease is linked to pneumonia and other respiratory complications. Cavities remain the number one chronic disease in children, with potential developmental, economic, and social ramifications.
This website is aimed to help connect health practitioners, public health partners, and the community to information, resources, collective efforts in oral health, technical assistance, guidelines, and more. By establishing partnerships on oral health initiatives across the state, we can more effectively address oral health and the social determinants of oral health.