Provider Information

The Oral Health Improvement Program (OHIP) at the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) encourages Texas residents to improve and maintain good oral health. The OHIP works with various partners across the State to identify the oral health needs of Texans and the resources to meet those needs. As a result of Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General and the subsequent release of A National Call to Action to Promote Oral Health, the awareness of the link between oral health and overall health of individuals has been highlighted.

Caries Risk Assessment (CRA)

Contact Information for Oral Health Regional Representatives - OHP regional staff are located in Austin, Lubbock, Tyler, Houston, San Antonio, and Midland. These dental public health professionals provide preventive dental services to eligible low-income, underserved, pre-school, and school-aged children who are Texas residents.

Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) - Data for indicators from the National Oral Health Surveillance System (NOHSS), Water Fluoridation Statistics biennial reports, and the annual Synopses of State Oral Health Programs. State-level data provided for all indicators. National-level data of state-level data also provided. Synopses data provided by ASTDD includes additional context for the NOHSS indicators. New data is added as it becomes available.

Guideline on Periodicity of Examination, Preventive Dental Services, Anticipatory Guidance/Counseling, and Oral Treatment for Infants, Children, and Adolescents [PDF 335KB]

Texas Oral Health Surveillance System (TOHSS)

Healthy Mouths

First Dental Home (FDH)

Oral Evaluation and Fluoride Varnish in the Medical Home (OEFV)

Texas Health Steps (THSteps) Dental Program - This link will take you to the DSHS Texas Health Steps website. You will need to arrow back to return to the OHP website.

THSteps Catalog Online Order System - Browse the catalog to order from a variety of THSteps Medical/Dental, Medical Transportation Program, Newborn Hearing Screening, and Case Management for Children and Pregnant Women publications; such as brochures, flyers, and posters. All are available for you to order at no cost.

Low Cost Dental Services can be found on the  CLIENT and PARENT INFORMATION page on this website. Link to PROVIDER information on Low Cost Dental Services.

Policies and Rules

Promotion of Oral Health



Medicaid Dental Stakeholder Meetings


ADA Online (The American Dental Association)

American Dental Hygienists' Association

Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual Website Page

National Maternal & Child Oral Health Resource Center

Texas Dental Association

Texas Dental Hygienists' Association

Texas State Board of Dental Examiners

External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. These sites may also not be accessible to people with disabilities.

Last updated December 10, 2018