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You are not healthy without good oral health.

Among Pierce County third graders, 51% have experienced at least one cavity. Tooth decay is the most common, yet preventable, chronic childhood disease.

Dental Infographic

Oral health program

We educate Pierce County residents about oral health. The Oral Health program provides:


The Smile Survey shows:

  • Untreated tooth decay has declined 41% since the 2010 Smile Survey.
  • Sealants increased from 38.1% to 83.8% among third graders since 2010.

Healthy people 2020 objectives for 6- to 9-year-olds:

  • 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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