ADHS will be performing maintenance on the Medical Marijuana systems starting on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 10 PM expected to be completed by Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 4 AM. During this time, Medical Marijuana Online Registry Applications will be unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience this maintenance downtime may cause. If the process is completed earlier, the systems will be made available at an earlier time.

Office of Oral Health

About the Office

The Office of Oral Health mission is to promote oral health for the well-being of all Arizona residents. In doing so, we coordinate a number of initiatives and administer five main programs:

  • Arizona Dental Sealant Program
  • Fluoride Mouthrinse Program
  • Dental Trailer Loan Program
  • Community Oral Health Systems Development Program
  • Healthy Teeth, Healthy Families (Early Childhood Caries prevention program)

The three primary areas of focus within the Office of Oral Health include:

Prevention Programs

Include training of health professionals and oral health programs for children. Specifically, we:

  • Provides training of health professionals in the prevention, control and treatment of oral diseases affecting infants, toddlers and pregnant women.
  • Promotes the use of dental sealants by public and private dental care systems to prevent tooth decay. The Office administers the Arizona Dental Sealant Program, a school based program providing sealants to underserved 2nd and 6th grade children.
  • Promotes the use of weekly fluoride mouthrinses for at-risk children to prevent tooth decay.

Community Development

Initiatives focus on promoting oral health at the state and community levels. Specifically, we:

  • Promotes optimal fluoridation of community water supplies for the prevention of tooth decay.
  • Assists communities in assessing their oral health needs and resources.
  • Provides assistance to communities to increase access to oral health services through development of dental clinics and other dental care systems.
  • Provides consultation and technical assistance to administrators, government agencies, non-profit organizations and other professional groups to facilitate the delivery of quality oral health services.

Research and Analysis

The team collects, analyzes and distributes Arizona oral health data. Specifically, we:

  • Conducts assessments of selected communities to evaluate oral health status and treatment needs for use in program planning and policy making.
  • Monitors dental workforce issues across the state.
  • Assists in Dental Health Professional Shortage Area designations.
  • Tracks information of Office of Oral Health Programs to improve effectiveness.