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Oral Health

A healthy mouth is an important part of overall health, and good oral health starts with your child's baby teeth. If baby teeth are kept cavity-free, then a child's adult teeth are more likely to be cavity-free.

Good oral health includes regular visits to the dentist, twice daily brushing, daily flossing, fluoridation, a healthy diet, avoiding tobacco, and protecting the mouth from injury. For more specific tips to maintain good oral hygiene for your child, please visit Oral Health Care for Infants and Children.

Oral Health Unit

The Oregon Health Authority's Oral Health Unit is responsible for advancing evidence-based strategies to improve the oral health of all Oregonians. The Unit is designed after the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors' (ASTDD) model for state-based oral health programs. The Oral Health Unit takes a comprehensive approach to address oral health issues across the lifespan through these activities:

  • Ongoing data collection and maintenance of the Oregon Oral Health Surveillance System
  • Policy development
  • Delivery of school-based oral health programs
  • Oral health promotion and education for the public
  • Building partnerships and collaboration to support the integration of oral health
  • Workforce development


Learn about the keys to good oral health and get specific care and prevention tips.
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Early childhood cavities, which includes baby bottle tooth decay, is an infectious disease that can be prevented.
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A one-stop state source of online training and resources for medical and dental providers to focus on reducing early childhood caries.
Learn about our two school-based oral health programs that are FREE for eligible schools.