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Vision Statement-Our vision is a healthy Texas, where all individuals enjoy the benefits of good oral health as an integral part of overall health.

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

The Oral Health Program (OHP) at the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) encourages Texas residents to improve and maintain good oral health. The OHP 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.  

OHP 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.

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

Texas Dental Association

Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Texas Academy of General Dentistry

Texas Dental Hygienists' Association

Now available on this website is the Texas Oral Health Surveillance System tab where you will find the Oral Health Surveillance Data Chart Book containing various oral health data.

For more information, please contact the OHP regional staff or staff in the Austin Central Office at:

    Oral Health Program
    Department of State Health Services
    Mail Code 1938
    PO Box 149347, Austin, Texas 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th Street, Austin, Texas 78756-3199
    Phone 512-776-7323, Fax 512-776-7256
    Relay Texas Dial 7-1-1
    E-mail the Oral Health Program
Last updated September 03, 2014