Dental Health Services - Texas Public Health Region 6/5 South and Region 7
The Regional Dental Team (RDT) for Public Health Regions 6-5 South and 7 supports the DSHS Oral Health Improvement Program by promoting oral health through collaboration, data collection, education, and preventive services.
As a part of this mission, we collect and analyze oral health data to learn about the oral health status of Texans.
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Smiles in Schools (SiS)
SiS is a public oral health program that provides education and some preventive services to low-income, underserved preschool and school-aged children in Texas. RDTs travel across Texas with mobile dental tools to provide some preventive services on school campuses. Visit School Nurses and Administrators for more information.
- Oral health education
- Dental screenings
- Dental sealants
- Fluoride varnish
- Findings and recommendations report for parents
Note: The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) promotes the Dental Home concept. These limited services provided by DSHS regional dental teams do not replace regular visits to the dentist.
RDTs also promote oral health for pregnant women and babies. Visit Smiles for Moms and Babies to learn more.
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. Visit the Community Water Fluoridation page for more information and frequently asked questions (FAQs).