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You are not healthy without good oral health.

Oral health is key to having good overall health and quality of life. 51% of Pierce County third graders have experienced at least one cavity. Tooth decay is the most common, yet preventable, chronic childhood disease.

Dental Infographic

The root of it all

Good oral health is critical to good health. Bad oral health can reduce our quality of life. We work to improve keep Pierce County residents healthy. The Oral Health program provides:


Every 5 years, the Department of Health does statewide oral health screenings. The screenings result in a Smiles Survey report. The 2015 Smile Survey report shows:

  • Untreated tooth decay declined by 41%.

  • Sealants increased by 46%.

Healthy people 2020 objectives for kids ages 6 to 9 years:

  • Decrease untreated decay to 26% (Pierce County rates are 11% as of 2015).
  • Increase dental sealants to 28% (Pierce County rates are 83% as of 2015).


Contact Dawn Jacobs at or (253) 798-2945.


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