Public Health Region 1 Oral Health Services

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The Regional Dental Team (RDT) for Public Health Regions 1 and 2 supports the DSHS Oral Health Improvement Program mission of promoting oral health through collaboration, data collection, education, and preventive services.

Smiles in Schools (SiS)

SiS is a public oral health program that provides education and limited preventive services to low-income, underserved preschool and school-aged children in Texas. RDTs travel across Texas with mobile dental equipment to provide limited preventive services on school campuses. Visit the School Nurses and Administrators page for more information.


  • Oral Health Education
  • Dental Screenings
  • Dental Sealants
  • Fluoride Varnish
  • Letter for a parent with dental findings and recommendations

Note: The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) promotes the Dental Home concept. Services provided by DSHS regional dental teams are limited and do not replace regular visits to the dentist.

Oral Health by the Numbers

RDTs also collects and analyzes oral health data to learn about the oral health status of Texans. Visit the Oral Health by the Numbers page to check out some of our data briefs.

Smiles for Moms and Babies

RDTs also promote oral health for pregnant women and babies. See the Smiles for Moms and Babies page to learn more.


RDTs work with regional public health programs and other interested community partners in the provision of dental services.

Community Water Fluoridation

The Texas Fluoridation Program (TFP) works to improve the health of Texans by preventing tooth decay through community water fluoridation. Community water fluoridation is safe and the most cost-effective way to deliver fluoride to people of all ages, races, and economic statuses. 

Need help finding a dentist?

2-1-1 Texas LogoOHIP does not provide direct dental services. Call 2-1-1 or view the Low-cost Dental Options Guide to find dental services in your region. can assist you in finding dental service options that best meet your needs.

Contact Us

Rick Howard, DDS, Regional Dentist

Rene Comey, RDH, Regional Dental Hygienist 

Department of State Health Services 
Public Health Region 1, Oral Health Services

6302 Iola Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79424
Phone: 806-783-6477
Fax: 806-783-6430