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OK-Task force to study health, dental care

October 4, 2007

“Most of these kids have not seen a dentist and have not been taught good oral hygiene,” she said. “That can impact their lives well beyond their childhood years.”

by Eric Boeckman

Oklahoma – In a recent executive order, Gov. Brad Henry created the Governor’s Task Force on Children and Oral Health to study health programs available for children, youth and families as well as to develop a State Oral Health Plan.

The Oklahoma Dental Association requested the task force, said Dana Davis, executive director of the association. Many state programs address health issues related to maternal and child health, but they do not include dental health, Davis said. The task force will study existing state health programs to determine where dental care, dental health education and dental care for the indigent can be infused. The task force will also be able to make recommendations to the governor on how to fill any existing gaps in dental care, she said.

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