Oral Health Program


Mission

The mission of the Nevada Oral Health Program is to protect, promote, and improve the oral health of Nevadans.

The Oral Health Program and its partners collaborate to promote optimal oral health for Nevadans across the lifespan. Current and proposed oral health initiatives include:  

  1. Identifying and supporting opportunities for inter-discipline oral health education.
  2. Establishing sustainable oral health objectives that focus on pregnant women, infants and young children.
  3. Ensuring the availability of dental services for Medicaid and Nevada Check-up eligible children. 
  4. Increasing the availability of education regarding oral disease prevention, as well as access to oral health services for Nevadans living with disabilities.
  5. Ensuring oral health is integrated into chronic disease prevention, education and self-managing disease programs.
  6. Improving quality, availability and relevance of oral health data and surveillance material. 
  7. Improving oral health for all adults, including the older adult population. 
  8. Leveraging in-state opportunities for infrastructure and policy improvement and development.
  9. Developing sustainable funding sources for the State Oral Health Program and community oral disease prevention programs.

    Announcements

    March 12, 2021

    Governor Steve Sisolak helps spread the word about the Nevada Action Network in his Weekly Newsletter Dental Care Beyond Walls segment! For information on the Nevada Action Network, visit https://nevadaoralhealth.org/


    February 16, 2021

    Spirit of Nevada host, Samantha Chian, takes the #sipNflip4NVkids Challenge to support National Children's Dental Health Month. View Samantha Chian's video here!


    February 8, 2021

    In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, the Nevada Oral Health Program has partnered with Three Square. Join us on February 25th from 7:45am to 12:00pm at Wynn Elementary to distribute oral hygiene basics and educational resources to children and their families in Southern Nevada. For more information and to register for the February 25th Wynne Elementary Event, click here .


    February 4, 2021

    As of January 14, 2021, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, Nevada Health Response, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services issued the following press release, Nevada Health Response Guidance: Directive 011 Administration of Vaccines by Providers of Medical Serviceswhich allows licensed dental practitioners to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. Step-by-step instructions for signing up to administer the COVID-19 can be found here.


    February 1, 2021

    The February 2021 National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM) is brought to you by the Nevada Oral Health Program, in partnership with the American Dental Association. This year's NCDHM campaign slogan is "Water, Nature's Drink!" which encourages kids to swap out sugary beverages for water.

    Tooth decay is the #1 most common chronic childhood disease. This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others. NCDHM  messages reach millions of people in communities across the country and at numerous armed service bases. Local observances often include poster, coloring and essay contests, health fairs, free dental screenings, museum exhibits, classroom presentations and dental office tours.

    For this year’s campaign, the Nevada Oral Health Program will be facilitating a social media campaign to promote choosing water rather than sugar sweetened beverages. The Nevada Oral Health Program challenges Nevadans to swap out these types of drinks with "Water, Nature's Drink!" Post a video on your social media platforms of yourself sharing why you choose water over sugary drinks and doing the Sip & Flip challenge. Be sure to use the hashtags #sipNflip4NVkids . Then, tag and challenge three of your followers to do the same!  View the Nevada Oral Health Program NCDHM video here.

    National Children's Dental Health Month Information


    January 10, 2021

    COVID-19 vaccines are available for dental professionals. To schedule your vaccination appointment, contact your local health department or county:

    Carson City and the Quad Counties

    Contact: covidvaccine@carson.org

    Clark County

    Please note, this invite does NOT extend to friends and family, regardless of their risk. To receive a COVID-19 vaccination through a closed POD (point of dispensing), Tier 1 dental practitioners and office staff MUST schedule their individual appointment online at: https://covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/for-health-care-providers/

    Elko County

    More information: https://www.elkocountynv.net/boards/health_board/diseases_and_conditions.php#outer-2066

    Washoe County

    To receive a COVID-19 vaccination, Tier 1 dental practitioners and staff MUST schedule their appointment online at: https://ph-washoecounty.as.me/?calendarID=4845654If you have additional questions or concerns contact the vaccination team at covidvaccine@washoecounty.us.


    December 20, 2020

    The Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Oral Health Program is working with the Nevada State Immunization Program (NSIP) to map the location of dental practitioners and their team members who are interested in receiving the vaccine. Dental Professionals Sign-up for the COVID-19 Vaccine.


    September 29, 2020

    Nevada Department of Health and Human Service, Division of Public and Behavioral Health letter on immunizations for administration by licensed dental practitioners to the Nevada Board of Dental Examiners.


    August 1, 2020

    COVID-19 is making it hard for kids and their families to go to the dentist. That's why the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Oral Health Program, and LIBERTY Dental Plan have formed the Nevada Action Network. Our goal is to keep Nevada's children healthy by keeping their teeth cavity-free and navigating families to dental care.

    More Information:


    NEW Guidance on COVID-19 Exposure for Dental Healthcare Personnel(DHCP)
    This decision tree provides detailed information that DHCPs can follow should they develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or experience exposure.


    May 4, 2020

    Statement of Clarification for the Nevada Dental Hygienists' Association


    April 30, 2020

    The Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners adopted certain portions of the "Guidance for Dental Services in Nevada" DHHS memorandum. These regulations take effect on Monday May 4, 2020. here.


    April 28, 2020

    COVID-19 Memo for Nevada Dentists and Dental Hygienists to Resume Some Dental Services  

    COVID-19 Governor Sisolak's Medical Advisory Team Dental Press Release  


    March 24, 2020

    COVID-19 Memo for Nevada Licensed Dental Providers

    COVID-19 Public Announcement from the Nevada Oral Health Program

    Links for COVID-19 Information:

    * CDC has released interim infection prevention and control guidance for dental settings for the COVID-19 response, and it can be found at:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/dental-settings.html.       

      Programs

      Cavity-Free Nevada Initiative

      A collaborative work group to prevent cavities and gum disease in pregnant women, infants and young children.


      Fluoridation and Fluorides

      • Community Water Fluoridation 
      • Fluoride Varnish  
      • Fluoride Supplements     

      Oral Health and EPSDT

      This section of the website talks about the dental and oral health services available for children enrolled in Nevada Medicaid and/or Nevada Check-Up.  In addition, topics on collaboration between the State Oral Health Programs and State Medicaid-CHIP Oral Health Programs are shared. 


      Oral Health and Systemic Health

      The Healthy Mouth and Healthy Body Connection 


      Special Populations and Oral Health

      Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, Seniors, etc.


      Program Activities and Updates

      OHP in the Community

      Follow the Oral Health Program as the Team Provides Dental Services to Underserved and Vulnerable Populations Throughout Nevada

      Contact Us

      Nevada State Oral Health Program
      1001 Shadow Lane, MS 7411, B241
      Las Vegas, NV 89106
      Phone: (702) 774-2573
      Fax: (702) 774-2521

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