County launches campaign for healthier teeth
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This week, the Sonoma County Department of Health Services formally kicks off “Healthy Teeth for Healthy Life.” The campaign aims to help improve dental health through education about dental disease, tips useful to improve dental health and increased information on access to dental care services.

“Dental disease is widespread at all ages throughout Sonoma County,“ said Dr. Lynn Silver- Chalfin, Sonoma County Health Officer. “This campaign is critical, as dental disease and the cavities it causes are often painful and expensive to treat – but almost all problems can be prevented. We want to empower the community with the information they need to protect themselves and their families.”

For adults, untreated dental disease or tooth decay can lead to loss of work and serious health problems, including heart disease and diabetes. In children, tooth decay can affect a child’s ability to learn or attend school and is the most common health problem for children today. An estimated 5 out of 10 Sonoma County children suffer from dental decay.

The Healthy Teeth for Healthy Life campaign will include online information and targeted outreach with materials, presentations, and other information to select schools, community health care centers, dentists, childcare providers and other organizations and facilities.

 For more information on the Healthy Teeth for Healthy Life campaign or to suggest a community group, school, or other organization that would benefit by receiving a short presentation on dental health, contact the County at Dentalinfo@Sonoma-County.org or call 565-4837.

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