Oral Health

Why is this an important health issue in Eau Claire?

Data shows a need as there is a rising incidence of tooth decay among very young children. The National Institutes of Health’s National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research reports 80 percent of tooth decay is found in 25% of children.

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Current Projects

This team is working on the following projects in support of the group’s goal of increasing community awareness about the importance of oral health care for children starting at age 1.

  • Increasing awareness of dental homes (dental visit by age 1) through an educational campaign for the community, medical and dental providers.
  • Assessing and determining barriers to accessing or providing dental services to 1 year olds.
  • Creating an oral health resource directory of information.
  • Dental Home by Age One Campaign

Healthy Communities’ Oral Health Promotion Action Team presents a Webinar for you! Dental Home by Age One: Medical Professionals as Gatekeepers…Ask the Question.

View our webinar to learn how you can play a vital role in tooth decay prevention in young children, and how a healthy mouth means a bright future! The webinar is directed at medical professionals; however the first 10 minutes are very beneficial for all parents, community members and professionals that work with families and young children.

Click here for a list of Chippewa Valley Dental Providers who Accept Patients Age 1 and Up.

Rethink Your Drink campaign. Our team created educational materials on the dangers of over consumption of sweetened beverages and tips on how to protect teeth. A successful educational poster contest was also held with middle school students.

Action Team Action Plan — click here to learn what we’ve done and what we are currently working on

Current Co-Chairs: Linda Bohacek and Sarah Pedersen. To get involved with the Oral Health Promotion Action Team, click here.