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SD Dental – SD Oral Health

SD Department of Health – Oral Health

Good oral health is essential to general health and well-being and involves much more than healthy teeth.

Left untreated, tooth decay or oral infections can lead to other health problems and significant pain, interference with eating and nutrition, overuse of emergency rooms, and lost school or work time. Oral infections are associated with heart and lung disease, stroke, diabetes, low-birth-weight and premature babies.

The Oral Health Program works to increase awareness of the importance of oral health and preventive care, foster community and statewide partnerships to promote oral health and improve access to dental care and promote the use of innovative and cost-effective approaches to oral health promotion and disease prevention.

Check out our Clearinghouse Resources.