Oral disease is almost entirely preventable. Yet too many people in our state, especially in underserved communities, suffer from tooth decay and gum disease. Prevention improves health and saves money for families, businesses and taxpayers.
We work to prevent oral disease by:
- Providing education, technical expertise and funding for equipment to help communities provide fluoridated water to their residents. Community water fluoridation is the most effective way to prevent tooth decay for everyone, young and old. In Washington, only 56 percent of communities receive the benefits of fluoridated water, compared to 75 percent nationwide. For more information on water fluoridation or how you can help, contact Emily Firman.
- Promoting healthy behaviors through The Mighty Mouth social marketing campaign. The Mighty Mouth campaign uses social media, micro-videos and infographics to explain in fun, interesting ways how good oral health can help you live better, look better, and stay healthier. Help us spread the word about the power of a Mighty Mouth. Follow the campaign on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Visit and share our website – www.TheMightyMouth.org. For more information about The Mighty Mouth social marketing campaign, contact Nancy Hammond.