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Oral health means being free of mouth pain, tooth decay, tooth loss, oral and throat cancer, birth defects and other diseases that affect the mouth. Many diseases can start with oral symptoms, and many diseases beginning in the mouth can affect health in other parts of the body.

Statistics and Facts:
  • In 2011, 359 Medicaid/BadgerCare children (ages 0-8) received at least one fluoride varnish application applied by a dental provider.
  • In 2010, there is 1 dental clinic in Lincoln County who will treat Medicaid/BadgerCare patients.
  • In 2006, 2008, and 2010, 66% of adults had a dental visit in the past year.
  • In 2006, 2008, and 2010, 53% of adults reported a tooth loss due to decay or gum disease.
  • In 2010, 152 people visited the hospital emergency department for non-traumatic dental complaints. Source: Wisconsin Department of Health Services
What we know works
  • Coordinated School Health Programs
  • Fluoride Supplements
  • School-based Sealants
  • Services for Children, adolescents and Adults with Special Health Care Needs
  • Use of Sport specific protective equipment
  • Community water fluoridation
  • Access to oral health services
  • Prevention and Control of early Childhood tooth Decay
  • Increase Medicaid Reimbursement rates for dentists
  • Expand Dental Hygienists scope of Practice
Goal 1: By 2017, people in Lincoln County will practice good oral health.
Suggested Outcomes and Strategies:
  • Develop a baseline on what oral health education is available to the community by surveying agencies, clinics, hospitals, and schools.
  • Develop education tools ready for implementation for community agencies, clinics, hospitals and schools.
  • Increase in education for caregivers on what is a dental home and why it is important.
  • Implementation of an oral hygiene social norms campaign for agencies serving children 0 – 5 years of age.

Goal 2: By 2017, people in Lincoln County will have access to oral health.
Suggested Outcomes and Strategies:
  • Agencies, clinics, hospitals and schools will be surveyed to determine a baseline on what referral protocols are in place including resources available.
  • There will be an increase in knowledge among community stakeholders on the oral health needs of Lincoln County and why it is a priority.
  • The Tooth Fairy Fund (local program to assist residents with oral health medical assistance) will expand to Tomahawk.
  • There will be an increase in participation in the Tooth Fairy Fund.
  • The Seal-a-Smile program (sealants for 2nd and 6th grade) will be expanded to parochial schools.
  • There will be additional fluoride varnishing sites.
  • There will be a dental sealant program in place for pregnant women enrolled in WIC/PNCC.

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