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
PCCHD is proud to collaborate with Peoria County Schools to offer the Dental Sealant Program to students. Dental sealants help to prevent painful tooth decay. Tooth decay, or a cavity, is a preventable infection caused by bacteria in our mouths that produce acids from what (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.) The good news is that Sealants are one of the most effective ways to protect those molars and are most effective when placed on those molars around the ages of 6 to 12 years.
Spring 2014 Peoria County School Schedule - Check the Dental Sealant Program Schedule for your school and return your parental signature form to your school as soon as possible to guarantee (reserve) your child's spot on the schedule. Forms are available from your school or 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.