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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;

Adair
Atoka
Beaver
Blaine
Cherokee
Cimarron
Cleveland
Coal
Craig
Creek
Custer
Delaware
Ellis
Harper
Haskell
Hughes
Kingfisher
(918) 696-7292
(580) 889-2116
(580) 625-3693
(580) 623-7977
(918) 456-8826
(580) 338-8544  (Texas Co. #)
(405) 321-4048
(405) 927-2367
(918) 256-7531
(918) 224-5531
(580) 323-2100
(918) 253-4511
(580) 256-6416  (Woodward Co. #)
(580) 922-2029
(918) 967-3304
(405) 379-3313
(405) 375-3008
Latimer
LeFlore
Lincoln

Logan
Mayes
McClain
Muskogee

Nowata
Osage
Ottawa
Pittsburg
Pontotoc
Rogers
Sequoyah
Texas
Tulsa
Wagoner
Washington
Woodward
(918) 465-5673
(918) 647-8601
(405) 258-2640
(405) 282-3485

(918) 825-4224
(405) 527-6541
(918) 683-0321
(918) 341-3611 (Rogers Co. #)
(918) 287-3740
(918) 540-2481
(918) 423-1267
(580) 332-2011
(918) 341-3166
(918) 775-6201
(580) 338-8544
(918) 582-9355
(918) 485-3022
(918) 335-3005
(580) 256-6416

  

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