Dental health activities are designed to encourage good dental health practices and to help avoid dental cavities, gum diseases and oral cancer. State dental health programs are the overall agencies responsible for conducting the major activities with regard to oral health conditions in all 50 states. Local health departments in association with the dental community and public/private schools also put together different dental health programs. The promotion of dental sealants and monitoring of the fluoride content in drinking water are examples of disease prevention activities. The American Dental Association a significant amount of information, programs, and resources for dental health activities.
In addition to the state plans to improve the fluoride in water, and promotion of thins like dental sealants, the educational system is a location that is being targeted. Classroom dental health activities are an fundamental component in the development of a child. By establishing good, solid early dental practice, young children can develop solid and strong healthy teeth. Dental health activities to provide valuable oral care education and to promote the importance of proper dental hygiene among children are conducted with the help of posters, interactive dental health games and contests, health fairs and classroom presentations.
Health educators present programs on topics such as brushing and flossing, bad breath, eating well and how the dentist is their friend. The organization and administration of school-based fluoride mouth rinse programs and the promotion of school dental screening are examples of additional dental health activities focused on children. These programs come at no additional direct cost to the parent, but is funded through the state and city organizations. What is important in these programs are that they are interactive, fun, and engaging for children. In an effort to de mystify and open up the exposure to what the dentist is to children, the hope is to create a good relationship and connection with oral hygiene, and their local dentist.
Organizations such as Oral Health America develop, implement, and facilitate educational and service programs designed to raise awareness of the importance of oral health. Nationwide activities and campaigns coordinate schools, governments, care providers, and corporate and community partners in the fight against tooth decay and oral disease prevention. Many state dental health programs are involved in epidemiologic surveys, applied research projects and community needs assessments.
This information is important in developing an appropriate and responsive community programming. Many public health systems operate independent public health dental activities. These activities vary in scope and size across each state depending on population requirements. State grants are allotted to develop innovative dental activities and programs specific to individual states needs, and improve access to oral health services.