What’s New in Oral Health, Nevada?

2018 Special Smiles Program…

June 2018 The Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada Healthy Athletes Special Smiles Program... brought together several enthusiastic volunteers and organizations: UNLV School of Dental Medicine, Nevada State Oral Health Program, Oral Health Nevada, NV Dental Hygienists’ Association, TMCC, and the community to provide education on oral health, screening for dental disease, and … Read More...

Oral Health Nevada Joins OH2020

Oral Health 2020 (OH2020) began in 2011 as a national systems-change strategy, which today has evolved into a movement of interconnected networks at the national, state level and community level – for the purpose of reshaping the landscape and dialogue on behalf of optimal oral health for all. The DentaQuest Foundation, the leading US philanthropy focused solely on oral health, supports … Read More...

Oral Health Nevada Supports Community Water Fluoridation

The Oral Health Nevada Inc. Board of Directors believes that the evidence-based science supporting community water fluoridation as safe and effective for preventing tooth decay is overwhelming. Water fluoridation began in the 1950’s, and now – 70 years later, more than 210 million US residents are receiving its benefits. The Board of Directors at their meeting on January 21, 2016, endorsed … Read More...

New Helpful Resources

Oral Health Nevada has released two new oral health resources. The information provides consumers and caregivers with useful tips for preventing tooth decay. The first resource, Tips for a Healthy Smile, is available in English and Spanish, and covers toothbrushing, the appropriate amount of toothpaste, the impact of nutritional choices and information on preventive measures including fluoride and … Read More...

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Nevada Oral Health Matters

  • 64% of 3rd graders have experienced tooth decay, while 29% have untreated tooth decay
  • 37% of low income children 0-20 years of age had any dental visit and just 20% received a treatment dental service – less than the national average
  • 47% of Head Start children have experienced tooth decay and 12% have untreated tooth decay
  • 43% of residents 18 and older have experienced tooth loss
  • 42% of seniors have lost 6 or more teeth and 17% are edentulous
  • Nevada’s low income seniors and those with disabilities have little support to assist with paying for even basic dental care
  • 8 residents per 100,000 have been diagnosed with oral and pharyngeal cancer
  • Nevada is 27th in the nation for providing its residents with the health and economic benefits of water fluoridation