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:
- Identifying and supporting opportunities for inter-discipline oral health education.
- Establishing sustainable oral health objectives that focus on pregnant women, infants and young children.
- Ensuring the availability of dental services for Medicaid and Nevada Check-up eligible children.
- Increasing the availability of education regarding oral disease prevention, as well as access to oral health services for Nevadans living with disabilities.
- Ensuring oral health is integrated into chronic disease prevention, education and self-managing disease programs.
- Improving quality, availability and relevance of oral health data and surveillance material.
- Improving oral health for all adults, including the older adult population.
- Leveraging in-state opportunities for infrastructure and policy improvement and development.
- Developing sustainable funding sources for the State Oral Health Program and community oral disease prevention programs.
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. See her 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, 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 Services which 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.
MORE INFORMATION HERE
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
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/
More information: https://www.elkocountynv.net/boards/health_board/diseases_and_conditions.php#outer-2066
To receive a COVID-19 vaccination, Tier 1 dental practitioners and staff MUST schedule their appointment online at: https://ph-washoecounty.as.me/?calendarID=4845654. If you have additional questions or concerns contact the vaccination team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. For more information and to sign-up, click here.
September 29, 2020
Nevada Department of Health and Human Service, Division of Public and Behavioral Health provide 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.
Nevada Action Network Information Guide
LIBERTY Dental Member Letter
Teledentistry Visit Information (English)
Teledentistry Visit Information (Spanish)
Oral Health at Home
Teledentistry Caries Risk Assessment
NEW Guidance on COVID-19 Exposure for Dental Healthcare
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: Read letter here
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. The announcement can be accessed here.
April 28, 2020
COVID-19 Memo for Nevada Dentists and Dental Hygienists to
Resume Some Dental Services: Read Here
COVID-19 Governor Sisolak's Medical Advisory Team Dental Press Release: Read Here
March 24, 2020
COVID-19 Memo for Nevada Licensed Dental Providers: Read Here
COVID-19 Public Announcement from the Nevada Oral Health Program: Read Here
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.
A collaborative work group to prevent cavities and gum disease in pregnant women, infants and young children.
- Community Water Fluoridation
- Fluoride Varnish
- Fluoride Supplements
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.
The Healthy Mouth and Healthy Body Connection
Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, Seniors, etc.
2019 Current, Ongoing, and Completed Projects
Follow the Oral Health Program as the Team Provides Dental Services to Underserved and Vulnerable Populations Throughout Nevada