Oral Health

The Kansas DHP is working with a network of partners to improve Kansans' knowledge of oral health (the health of your mouth, teeth and gums) and the capacity of the oral health system. We are offering Kansans with disabilities a chance to take part in programs that have been tested and proven effective.

Kathy Hunt presents information about healthy foods.Feeling Good About Your Smile

This 90-minute hands-on workshop is designed to improve oral health for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their personal assistants/attendants (PAS). Read the Success Story (PDF) for more information and highlights of participant responses.

In the workshop, a certified dental hygienist leads fun activities to teach participants about:

  • cavity-causing bacteria and how to remove them
  • how to choose tooth-healthy foods and snacks
  • causes of cavities and the best ways to prevent them

We provided this workshop to a total of 28 people in Olathe and Parsons in May 2017, and will be offering it in other cities around Kansas. In the photo at right, dental hygienist Kathy Hunt discussed healthy foods with the participants.

Oral Health Kansas is a key partner in this work.

If your organization is interested in hosting a Feeling Good About Your Smile Workshop, please contact:

Kim Bruns
(785) 864-1561 (voice)
(785) 864-7046 (TTY)

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Oral Health

Oral health is important to a person's overall health.

An adolescent male brushes his teeth.