Dental Health Group
Phone: (309) 679-6141
Dental caries or tooth decay remains one of the most common chronic childhood diseases and can affect the overall health of children and even adults. The good news is that dental disease is preventable. The Dental Health Group works toward goals to prevent dental disease, promote oral health, and protect the community with a competent workforce. See full article Dental Health in Our Community.
- Dental Clinic
Preventive and routine dental care for special populations, by appointment only. We also operate satellite clinics at Bel-Wood Nursing Home, Peoria County Jail, PARC and Allied Agencies.
- Kids Dental Clinic
Routine dental services for children age 1 through 18. Appointments only. Income guidelines apply. Medicaid and All Kids accepted.
- Community Outreach Programs
Headstart Program and STAR Program
- Dental Sealant Program in Schools
Dental Sealant Programs are conducted in schools by oral health professionals. Dental sealants are provided to many students attending Peoria County schools to prevent painful tooth decay. Tooth decay or a cavity, is a preventable infection caused by the bacteria in our mouths that produce acids from the sugars we eat. The acids can destroy tooth structure. Ninety percent of tooth decay occurs in the pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of our first and second molars (back teeth). Sealants are most effective when placed on those molars around ages 6 and 12.Peoria County School Schedule — See if your school is participating in the Dental Sealant Program and when your parental signature forms are due back to your school. For more information and forms, visit the Dental Sealants and More website.
- Workforce Development
Work with community resources of the Peoria Dental Society, Heartland Community Health Clinic, and OSF Saint Francis Hospital to design and implement a General Residency Program to expand dental practice in the public health workforce. Work with Illinois Central College Dental Hygienists, Midwest Technical Institute Dental Assistants, St. Francis, Methodist, and Illinois Wesleyan students.