Resources: State Oral Health Plan

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Executive Summary

Georgia’s state oral health plan provides a roadmap for accomplishing recommendations developed by the Georgia Oral Health Coalition in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Public Health’s, Maternal and Child Health Section, Oral Health Prevention Program. To promote oral and systemic health and reduce the prevalence of oral diseases in Georgia. Implementation of this strategic plan will be carried out through a collaboration between the Oral Health Coalition, its member organizations, and other Georgia oral health stakeholders. The recommendations are divided into four areas of focus:

Prevention

  • Increase the number of healthcare providers that obtain training in infant oral healthcare and application of fluoride varnish and other evidence-based preventive interventions.
  • Increase public awareness of the importance of early preventive dental care (children under the age of three).
  • Maintain state public health dentistry prevention programs.
  • Maintain and expand access to dental sealants for school age children.
  • Maintain current community water fluoridation (CWF) systems and increase population served.
  • Build relationships with community-based organizations to support implementation of oral health initiatives at the local level.
Public Education and Health Promotion
  • Promote the concept of oral health as a part of total health.
  • Support implementation of the health (dental and medical) home in Georgia.
  • Promote public health as a career for Georgia’s oral health professionals.
  • Educate the general public and healthcare providers on the benefits of community water fluoridation.
Surveillance and Data
  • Participate in the development of a surveillance burden document to inform use of evidence-based approaches to oral health prevention.
  • Utilize ongoing technical assistance from Georgia Oral Health Coalition partners, including the Oral Health Prevention Program, on oral health data and surveillance-related issues.
  • Improve collection, reporting, and availability of race and ethnicity data to address oral health disparities.
Access to Care
  • Lessen administrative burdens for Medicaid/PeachCare dental providers.
  • Support programs that promote diversity in Georgia’s oral healthcare workforce.
  • Increase access to oral health services in underserved areas of the state.
  • Increase the number of children receiving oral health services.
  • Improve availability of oral health services for underserved adults.
  • Increase access to oral health services for children and adults with special physical and mental healthcare needs.
  • Increase access to oral health services for people who are HIV positive.
  • Increase access to oral health services for immigrant populations.