Oral Health

Oral health is an important component of overall health. Keeping your teeth, mouth, and gums clean and healthy can help you avoid disease and maintain good health throughout your lifetime.

What You Should Do

  • Practice good oral hygiene. more
  • Make sure you are drinking fluoridated water. more
  • Know how to prevent and respond to injuries to the mouth and face. more
  • If recommended, have sealants applied to your child's teeth at the dentist or through a school-based dental program.
  • Find dental services in your community and visit the dentist regularly. more

What We Are Doing

We work with a professional advisory council, the Rhode Island Oral Health Commission, and workforce and community partners to plan, implement, and evaluate population-based oral disease prevention and health promotion programs in Rhode Island. more

Basic Screening Survey 2019-2020

In the 2019-2020 school year, we are conducting our Basic Screening Survey to gather information on the oral health of Kindergarten and 3rd grade children throughout Rhode Island at randomly selected schools. This will allow the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) to provide programs to Rhode Island children so that they have healthier teeth and gums. The screening will be conducted by the school dentist at the same time that the annual screening is conducted. If a school has been selected to participate in this survey, an opt-out letter English | Spanish will be sent home with the student describing the survey and allowing the parent/guardian to opt-out of participation.

The school dentist will fill out the data collection form on the day of the annual screening. RIDOH only needs the top section back, the bottom section is to stay at the school to be reported as aggregate data using the Online Dental Screening Reporting form. For additional information see our Frequently Asked Questions.

The last Basic Screening Survey was last conducted in 2013-2014 school year. 2013-2014 report.