Sacramento County Oral Health Program
The Sacramento County Oral Health Program receives funding from the California
State Department of Public Health through Proposition 56, the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention
Tobacco Tax Act. As part of this grant, the Oral Health Program undertook
a county-wide oral health needs assessment and has developed projects to
support the California Oral Health Plan and the unique needs of county residents.Preventive Oral Health Services
Tooth decay is widely recognized as the most common, yet preventable, chronic health condition experienced by children. Sacramento County Oral Health Program inventories schools in the county with access to school-based preventive oral health services, identifies gaps, and advocates for expansion of services including increased access to fluoridated drinking water.
Kindergarten Oral Health Assessment
Tooth decay results in an untold number of missed school days each year. Children who are in pain cannot be successful students. Sacramento County Oral Health Program works with community partners to increase the number of school districts that report the results of the Kindergarten Oral Health Assessment into the System for California Oral Health Reporting (SCOHR) and to improve their ability to connect children identified as needing care to oral health services.
Common Risk Factors
Tobacco use and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages are common risk factors for preventable oral and chronic diseases. Sacramento County Oral Health Program is developing and delivering evidence-based training and resource materials for oral health professionals to assist clients in making healthy choices.
Oral Health Literacy
Sacramento County Public Health also
receives funding from Proposition 56 for Dental Transformation Initiative projects
related to improving access to dental care services for Medi-Cal beneficiaries
For more information about the oral health
needs assessment, Dental Transformation Initiative projects, or for assistance
in finding insurance coverage, see the links below.
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