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Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease. The good news is that it is preventable.

Our Vision:

A healthy Texas, where all individuals enjoy the benefits of good oral health as an integral part of overall health. 

Our Mission:

Promoting oral health through leadership in public health practices, policy development, education, and population based preventive services.

To learn more about the impact of tooth decay on a child's ability to learn, view the presentation, It’s Hard to Make A’s with a Toothache: Oral Health Status of Texas Elementary Students.

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Contact Us


Mailing Address:

Oral Health Improvement Program

PO Box 149347, MC 1818

Austin, Texas 78714-9347

Physical Address:

1100 W. 49th Street

Austin, Texas 78756

Phone: 512-776-2008
Fax:      512-776-7256

Email:   dental@dshs.texas.gov



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Last updated September 22, 2020