Ventura County Public Health Department works with community partners to assess and monitor oral health status and disparities, prevent oral disease, increase access to dental services, promote best practices and advance evidence-based policies in an effort to eliminate oral disease and improve oral health in Ventura County.
- California Oral Health Plan
- Ventura County Oral Health Community Needs Assessment
- Health Care for All Ventura County is a one-stop center where individuals and families are assisted with health coverage. To make an appointment call 805-981-5212
- Medi-Cal Dental -The Medi-Cal Program currently offers dental services as one of the program's many benefits. Information about the Medi-Cal Dental Program and to search for Medi-Cal Dental program providers can be found at www.denti-cal.gov
- Safety Net Services & Programs –Access to oral health care for low-income and uninsured populations includes community dental services such as Conejo Free Clinic, Free Clinic of Simi Valley, Salvation Army Free Clinic, Westminster Free Clinic, and Clinicas del Camino Real, Inc. Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation links and provides dental and vision services to children and seniors. For a full list of dental service providers and location information, visit www.healthmattersinvc.org.
Oral Disease Risk Factors
- Sugary Drinks –The bacteria in your mouth eat the sugars we consume and produce acid that can damage teeth, causing cavities to form or erosion to occur. Sugary drinks include soda, fruit punch or juice, energy drinks, sports drinks and more. How do you know how much sugar is in a drink? Check the Nutrition Facts Label and ReThink Your Drink!
- Tobacco Use –Tobacco use can affect oral health, which includes gum disease, loss of teeth, need for root canal treatment, cancers of the cheek and gums, etc. “Call It Quits” at 805-201-7867 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or about free Stop Smoking classes.
Preventing Oral Disease
- Brush, Floss, Dentist –Recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA) is to brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes, clean between your teeth daily, and visit a Dentist regularly. To learn more visit www.mouthhealthy.org.
- First Tooth, First Visit! –A child’s first dental visit should take place after the first tooth appears, but no later than the first birthday. Why so early? As soon as a baby has teeth, he or she can get cavities. Visit Mouth Health for more information on children’s oral health.
- Water Fluoridation –Drinking fluoridated water keeps teeth strong and reduces cavities. For more than 70 years, people in the United States have benefited from drinking water with fluoride, leading to better dental health. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. To find out if your water supply is fluoridated visit California Water Boards.
- Fluoride Varnish –Dental caries (cavities) remains the most common chronic disease of children and adolescents. Applying fluoride varnish to teeth is an effective way to prevent tooth decay, slow it down or stop it from getting worse and treatments can be done in a medical office, by a dentist, at a school or community event.
- Dental Sealant –Germs in the mouth use the sugar in foods and drinks to make acids, which over time can make a cavity in the tooth. Sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the back teeth that harden to form a shield over the tooth to keep out germs and food. For more information and to view a video clip on sealants visit www.mouthhealthy.org.
Join the Movement!
- Building Healthy Smiles Collaborative – United Way of Ventura County, and its partners, work to eliminate dental disease through education, care coordination and advocacy. Join by becoming a collaborative partner, volunteer for events or become a trained parent educator. For more information visit www.vcunitedway.org/building-helathy-smiles or contact Catherine Pedrosa at 805.485.6288 x270.
For More Information
- JoAnn Torres, MA 805-981-5312 or Joann.email@example.com