Oral Health Plan

We are pleased to present the New York State Oral Health Plan. This plan addresses the burden of oral disease in New York State and was developed by the New York State Department of Health in collaboration with the New York State Public Health Association and stakeholders from across the state.

The Plan has identified goals, objectives, and strategies covering a broad spectrum of issues related to policy, prevention, access, workforce, and surveillance and research. We hope that the guidance provided in this Plan will serve as a blueprint for achieving optimal oral health for all New Yorkers.

Oral diseases are a major health concern affecting almost every person in New York State. Dental caries and periodontal diseases have a huge economic and social cost and can be a portal for serious systemic problems. Most oral diseases are preventable which can then reduce pain, suffering, and health care expenses. Therefore, every effort to promote and implement preventive measures is a wise investment. Thus, its prevention and control is an important priority for society.

We thank everyone who has contributed to this important endeavor. As the Plan moves forward, we invite all stakeholders and interested partners to actively participate in promoting the oral health of all New Yorkers.

This effort was made possible in part by funding from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Oral Health, Cooperative Agreement 03022