The health of our teeth and mouths is key to overall health, confidence and well-being. Oral health affects how we grow, look, speak, chew, taste, socialize and enjoy life. Dental disease is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pneumonia, low birth weight babies and preterm births. Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, and it is preventable.
A healthy smile begins with a healthy diet, daily homecare, fluoride as appropriate and the first dental visit at age 1 and visits continuing regularly through life. Our goal is for all Windham County residents to have a dental home -- a dental practice where they may receive ongoing preventive, restorative and emergency care.
The 802 Smiles Network of School Dental Health Programs connects Vermont's various school dental health programs under one umbrella. Its goal is to eliminate oral health disparities and improve oral health for all Vermont children.