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Dental Health Education and Tobacco-Use Prevention Program

Dental educational programs have been shown to be cost effective and to actually improve the oral health of the participants in the program. Oklahoma has a quality health department dental educational program and the program has been well received by educators, dental professionals, and students in areas of the state where it is available. Thousands of children have been receiving the benefits of the program since teachers and school administrators have made this an important part of the students' educational experience.

Currently, staff dental educators teach a dental health educational program entitled "Friends for Life," which instructs elementary school children (K-6) to care for their mouth and teeth. The course consists of three separate lessons, one class period in length, with one lesson given each week for three consecutive weeks. A toothbrush, dental health materials and information are provided for each child. Through dental education, students learn the importance of proper oral hygiene, tobacco use prevention, use of fluorides, and regular clinical visits for preventive dental care. Additionally, emphasis is placed on proper nutrition, playground safety as related to dental injuries, and what to expect during the first visit to a dental office.

Additionally, and as time permits, dental education programs may be provided in day cares, nursing homes, senior citizen centers, nutrition sites, youth centers, etc.

For eligibility information and to obtain service, contact the appropriate county below with a dental educational program. Counties subject to change depending on staffing patterns.

Adair (918) 696-7292   Kiowa (580) 726-3316
Atoka (580) 889-2116   Latimer (918) 465-5673
Beaver (580) 625-3693   LeFlore (918) 647-8601
Blaine (580) 623-7977   Lincoln (405) 258-2640
Caddo (405) 247-2507   Logan (405) 282-3485
Canadian (405) 262-0042   Mayes (918) 825-4224
Cherokee (918) 456-8826   McClain (405) 527-6541
Cimarron (580) 338-8544  (Texas Co. #)   Muskogee (918) 683-0321
Cleveland (405) 321-4048   Nowata (918) 341-3166  (Rogers Co. #)
Coal (580) 927-2367   Okfuskee (918) 623-1800
Comanche (580) 248-5890   Osage (918) 287-3740
Cotton (580) 875-6121   Ottawa (918) 540-2481
Craig (918) 256-7531   Pittsburg (918) 423-1267
Creek (918) 224-5531   Pontotoc (580) 332-2011
Custer (580) 323-2100   Rogers (918) 341-3166
Delaware (918) 253-4511   Sequoyah (918) 775-6201
Dewey (580) 256-6416  (Woodward Co. #)   Texas (580) 338-8544
Ellis (580) 256-6416  (Woodward Co. #)   Tulsa (918) 582-9355
Harper (580) 921-2029   Wagoner (918) 485-3022
Haskell (918) 967-3304   Washington (918) 335-3005
Hughes (405) 379-3313   Woods (580) 327-3192
Kingfisher (405) 375-3008   Woodward (580) 256-6416

 

  

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