Oral health means much more than healthy teeth. It means being free of chronic oral-facial pain conditions, oral and pharyngeal (throat) cancers, oral soft tissue lesions, birth defects such as cleft lip and palate, and scores of other diseases and disorders that affect the oral, dental, and craniofacial tissues.
Craniofacial tissues allow us to speak and smile; sigh and kiss; smell, taste, touch, chew, and swallow; cry out in pain; and convey a world of feelings and emotions through facial expressions. They also provide protection against infection.
Donna Shalala, Secretary of Health and Human Services
Good Information on Oral Health
Center for Disease Control and Prevention- Oral Health Division
Healthy People 2020 Oral Health
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Surgeon General Report
American Dental Association
School Fluoride Rinse Program Resources:
Many school systems in Muskegon County provide fluoride rinse programs for their students for a small fee. If you are interested in making sure that your child receives enough fluoride to assure healthy teeth, contact your local school district for more information.
School Fluoride Rinse Program Guide:
This manual includes the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Oral Health program School Fluoride Mouthrinse Guide as well as best practices and tools that have been developed over the years by Public Health – Muskegon County oral health programs. The Michigan Department of Community Health’s Oral Health program School Fluoride Mouthrinse Guide without additional tools is available at www.michigan.gov/oralhealth.
Dental Health Resources:
For up-to-date information and referrals to dental resources, please call 2-1-1 (dial 2-1-1 or 877-211-5253).
Healthy Kids Dental
Healthy Kids Dental is a program for children under the age of 21 who are enrolled in Medicaid. It covers dental services such as X-rays, cleanings, fillings, root canals, tooth extractions and dentures. Kids receive treatment from dentists who participate with Delta Dental’s Healthy Kids Dental program, which includes approximately 80% of Michigan dentists. Eligible kids in Muskegon County were automatically enrolled in Healthy Kids Dental on February 1, 2012. For more information call Delta Dental at 1-800-482-8915 or use one of the links below.
Healthy Kids Dental Website
Healthy Kids Dental Dentist Directory
Volunteer for Dental Care - Muskegon and Oceana County (for adults only)
This is a Pay It Forward program for your dental needs. This program offers free basic dental services to those who qualify by doing volunteer work in the community. Free basic dental services such as exams, x-rays, fillings, tooth removal, cleanings and treatment for gum disease. Volunteer work is done at local non-profit organizations, and dental care is provided by local, private dentists as their way of giving back to the community.
Call (231) 766-7129 to get your questions answered, or visit their website by clicking here:
Volunteer for Dental Care (Adults Only)
Dental Health Clinics in Muskegon County
Hackley Community Care Center
2700 Baker St
Muskegon, MI 49444
Muskegon Teen Health Center
80 W Southern Ave, Room E113
Muskegon, MI 49441
Muskegon Family Care Center
2201 S Getty St
Muskegon, MI 49444