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.
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.
Kansas' Oral Health & Well-Being - ADA: Health Policy Institute
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...
CDC Vital Signs: October, 2016
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
- 2015-2017 State Oral Health Plan
- 2016 Oral Health Newsletter
- 2013 Burden of Oral Disease in Kansas
- 2013 Implementing Dental Services in Kansas Hospitals
- 2012 Elder Smiles
- 2012 Smiles Across Kansas
- 2011-2014 State Oral Health Plan
- 2011 Mapping the Rural Kansas Dental Workforce
- 2010-2013 Kansas School Sealant Program Plan
- 2009 OH Workforce Assessment
- 2004 Smiles Across Kansas
- AAP Oral Health
- American Association for State/Territorial Dental Directors
- Campaign for Dental Health
- Campaign for Dental Health – Spanish
- CDC – Community Health Status Indicators
- Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
- Contact Oral Health Staff
- Fluoride in Kansas
- Games and Fun Stuff
- Healthy Kansans 2020
- Healthy People 2020
- How We Drink Sugar
- Kansas Dental Association
- Kansas Dental Board
- Kansas Health Matters
- KS Oral Health & Well Being
- National Maternal/Child Oral Health Resource Center
- Oral Health Kansas