Did you know that good oral health improves your overall health? It’s true—good dental health is tied to improvement of all health outcomes for all ages. The Regional Oral Health Specialist Program has been an integral part of building community resilience against debilitating dental diseases.

The SJBPH Regional Oral Health Specialist (ROHS) is a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) funded position for La Plata, Archuleta, Montezuma, San Juan and Dolores Counties to provide local support for oral health assessments policy development and oral health access at a community level for vulnerable, underserved populations. The Regional Oral Health Specialist Program provides regional community coalition work and care coordination for dental services. The collaboration between schools and a community dental provider facilitated by the program have not only kept kids from missing class due to painful oral problems, but provided much-needed care they wouldn’t have received otherwise.


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Cavity Free at Three provides free training and resources service for healthcare providers to assist them in improving their outreach, education and service delivery to families with the goal of preventing oral disease early in life. It is funded by six Colorado health foundations and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Health Care Policy & Financing.

San Juan Basin Public Health’s role is to reach to local dentists, healthcare providers, and social service agencies to let them know about this program and involve them the effort to get every child Cavity Free at Three. Please visit for more information.

Oral disease, although nearly 100 percent preventable, affects children, adults and families across the state of Colorado every day. While oral diseases are significant themselves, their relationship to overall general health is often overlooked. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Oral Health Program is working to show connections every day to general health, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, tobacco, school health, seniors, and pregnancy outcomes.

The Oral Health Team is an open coalition of dental experts, organizations, businesses and interested citizens that serves as a catalyst for action to improve oral health in La Plata and Archuleta Counties through educating the public, expanding access to integrated care, and serving as a central point for disseminating research and best practice models.

Our ROHS sponsors an Oral Health Coalition in Montezuma and La Plata Counties.

The Regional Oral Health program is partnering with a local dental provider to offer full dental exams in our catchment area schools. This is an effort to make good dental care as easy, affordable and convenient to families as possible. This partnership will provide parents with the opportunity to have their child receive free dental services in their own school during the school day.

A healthy mouth (teeth and gums) means a healthy body and children have been shown to do better in school and miss less days. All students can participate.

On June 30, 2016, SJBPH transitioned operations of its Dental Clinic to Axis Health System (AHS). SJBPH had been operating a dental clinic in The Commons Building in Durango for several years, as a safety net service to ensure Health First Colorado (Medicaid), uninsured, and underinsured dental patients had an oral healthcare resource in this community. AHS has been building capacity to continue direct dental services as the local community health center.

The AHS Oral Health Clinic is located in Durango at 2530 Colorado Avenue.

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