Dental health is key to our overall health and well-being and affects both physical health and mental health. It affects how we grow, enjoy life, look, speak, chew, taste food and socialize. Poor dental health is linked to heart disease, diabetes and preterm and low birth weight. A healthy smile for life starts with healthy habits like brushing and flossing, using fluoride, making smart food choices and eating habits, and visiting the dentist twice yearly. Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of childhood, and it is preventable.
Public Health Dental Hygienist
The Newport Local Health Office has a Public Health Dental Hygienist to help with tooth decay prevention. She connects people to a dental practice for ongoing care, known as a dental home, which every child should have by their first birthday.To find a dentist near you, use Vermont State Dental Association search tool or the Vermont Medicaid search tool.
We support the promotion of and access to dental health services for pregnant women and children enrolled in the WIC program. Learn more about WIC Services. During a WIC visit, our dental hygienist can provide dental health education and fluoride and tell you whether more care is needed.
Several schools in the Northeast Kingdom participate in Vermont’s Tooth Tutor program. This program helps to ensure that every child has access to preventive, restorative and continuous care in a dental office. To learn more about the program and find out how to start a Tooth Tutor Program in your school click here.
Ronald McDonald Care Mobile
We have been working with the Plainfield Health Center to bring the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile to our region. The mission of this program is to provide dental services to Vermont children and pregnant women in underserved communities, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. The Care Mobile will not become the dental home for these patients, but will refer them to a dentist, unless there is no access to a dentist in the area. For more information on this program please call the Plainfield Health Center at 802-454-1047.
Ashley, Public Health Dental Hygienist