Oral Health

Cathleen Taylor-Osborne DDS, MA, Director Bureau of Oral Health
Phone: (785) 296-5116

               1000 SW Jackson, Suite 200
                Topeka, Kansas 66612-1274

Mission: The Bureau of Oral Health is Kansas' state-level public health division dedicated to oral health improvement.

The Bureau works to increase awareness and improve the oral health of all Kansans through: oral health data collection, surveillance and dissemination; statewide oral health education, promotion and collaboration; development of science based oral health policy; and programming dedicated to dental disease prevention.

2017 NCDHM Campaign

The American Dental Association, along with the ADA Foundation, is pleased to provide you with the February 2017 National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM) campaign poster. This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others.

This year's NCDHM campaign slogan, "Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile" is displayed in English on one side of the poster and in Spanish on the reverse side. In addition to the campaign slogan, the message "I love tap water" is displayed as emoji with the familiar NCDHM characters – the Smileys, McGrinns and K9 featured in the poster design, having fun climbing and sliding on and around the emoji. These versatile posters will help speakers, teachers, and others to address a range of age groups.

  Order 2017 National Children's Dental Health Month Posters

The NCDHM Program Planning Guide provides program coordinators, dental societies, teachers, and parents with resources to promote the benefits of good oral health to children. The guide includes easy-to-do activities, program planning timetable tips, a sample NCDHM proclamation, and much, much more.

  Download the NCDHM Program Planning Guide (PDF)

NCDHM Campaign Poster                NCDHM Campaign Poster Spanish

Kansas' Oral Health & Well-Being - ADA: Health Policy Institute

Oral Health System Infographic

Kansas Oral Health Facts - ada.org |


How do adults in Kansas view their oral health? This fact sheet summarizes select data on self-reported oral health status, attitudes and dental care utilization...


Kansas' Oral Health and Well-Being

Can't see the infographic? Download it here: http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Science%20and%20Research/HPI/OralHealthWell-Being-StateFacts/Kansas-Oral-Health-Well-Being.pdf.

Download a PDF of the infographic.

"Kansas' Oral Health and Well-Being," an infographic from the ADA Health Policy Institute.

ADA Health Policy Institute www.ada.org/hpi


CDC Vital Signs: October, 2016

Download Vital Signs Fact Sheet    Group of Children

Dental sealants are thin coatings that when painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) can prevent cavities for many years. School-age children (ages 6-11) without sealants have almost 3 times more 1st molar cavities than those with sealants. Although the overall number of children with sealants has increased over time, low-income children are 20% less likely to have them and 2 times more likely to have untreated cavities than higher-income children. Untreated cavities can cause pain, infection, and problems eating, speaking, and learning. States can help millions more children prevent cavities by starting or expanding programs that offer dental sealants in schools.

Dental sealants prevent 80% of cavities in the back teeth, where 9 in 10 cavities occur.

About 60% of children ages 6-11 years don't get dental sealants.
Children from low-income families are 20% less likely to get dental sealants than children from higher-income families

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