Oral Health Program
To achieve optimal oral health for all by eliminating oral health disparities in Rhode Island while also integrating oral health with overall health.
What we do
- Focus on prevention of oral disease through assurance of state-level oral health and public health leadership.
- Document the burden of oral disease in Rhode Island.
- Enhance community efforts to prevent, control, and reduce of oral diseases.
- Plan, implement, and evaluate oral health promotion and disease prevention programs in collaboration with key partners.
- Educate policy makers to assure sound policy decisions.
- Work with health professionals, partners, and the Rhode Island Oral Health Commission to build and sustain community capacity for high-quality, culturally-sensitive oral health services.
- Enhance oral health infrastructure within the Department of Health;
- Expand services for underserved adults through the creation of an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Residency Program;
- Expand mobile dental programs serving Medicaid elders in nursing homes;
- Train primary care providers about oral disease risk assessment/disease management.