The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Dental Health Program supports good oral health for all Virginians. VDH dental hygienists work throughout the state to provide dental services and education. These dental hygienists work remotely in schools, providing dental cleanings, sealants and education. They also work in WIC clinics providing fluoride varnish and education to young children and their families.
Other VDH dental programs focus on adult oral health and chronic disease and people with special health care needs, both of which rely on dental hygienists to help adults gain equitable access. to dental care.
Oral disease at any age can cause infections that lead to problems with eating, speaking and learning. More than 40% of adults reported experiencing mouth pain in the past year, and more than 80% will have had at least one cavity by age 34, according to the CDC.
Poor oral health can lead to serious gum disease and tooth loss and is associated with chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
Regular dental visits can help prevent cavities and gum disease and lead to early detection of oral cancer.
Learn more about dental hygiene on the VDH Oral Health page where you will find information on programs, help finding a dentist for people with special health needs as well as facts, figures and other resources.