The Idaho Oral Health Program
The goal of the Idaho Oral Health Program is to help children avoid tooth decay by increasing early preventive care. The Oral Health program is focused on children ages birth to 12 years, their families and care providers. The program works with the seven health districts to improve the oral health of children throughout Idaho. Contact a health district in your area to learn about the dental services they provide.
Oral health is important to general health and well-being. Severe mouth, teeth and gum disease can affect children’s growth and school performance. Research has shown a link to diabetes, heart and lung disease, stroke, respiratory illnesses and pre-term, low-birth weight infants. Childhood dental disease sets the stage for a lifetime of poor oral health and puts a financial burden on the family.