Dental - Oral Health Services

Our Mission is to Promote, Protect, and Improve the Oral Health for all Shelby County residents. In accomplishing this goal, the Community Health Bureau/Clinical Services- Oral Health Section provides programs for the prevention of oral disease and education to the public regarding the value of good oral health. We believe that dental disease is preventable. That is why we encourage everyone to develop healthy oral health habits by brushing your teeth at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes, floss daily, eat a healthy balanced diet and see your dentist twice a year for regular check-ups and oral cancer screenings.                                                                                                   Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic conditions throughout the United States, as well as Tennessee, and oral disease has been linked with other chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Oral health plays a key role in determining an individual’s quality of life. Poor oral health can influence an individual’s self-esteem, school performance, ability to obtain employment, and school and work attendance.