Dental - Oral Health Services
The Tennessee Department of Health Mission: Protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. In accomplishing this goal, the Oral Health Services Section provides programs for the prevention of oral disease and education of the public regarding the value of good oral health. In addition, the program identifies those without access to dental care and attempts to assure basic care, as well as care for acute dental conditions.
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.