The Lincoln County Oral Health Coalition was formed in 2012 after oral health was selected as one of the major health needs of the county as related to Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 Focus Areas. The coalition consists of partners from the community that are interested in improving oral health in the people who live and work in Lincoln County.
Members/Partners Include: Ascension Good Samaritan Hospital, Ascension Sacred Heart/St. Mary’s Hospital, Oak Park Dental, First Impression Dental, Bridge Community Health Clinic, Pine River School for Young Learners, and Lincoln County Health Department.
Oral Health – means being free of mouth pain, tooth decay, tooth loss, oral and throat cancer, birth defects and other diseases that affect the mouth. Many diseases can start with oral symptoms, and many diseases beginning in the mouth can affect health in other parts of the body.
The Lincoln County Oral Health Coalition’s goals are to increase the knowledge among the community on the oral health needs and why it is a priority in our county.
The Lincoln County Oral Health Coalition recently kicked off an Adult Oral Health Campaign to help raise awareness that oral health is essential to the general health and well-being of all Lincoln County residents. This campaign will continue with various billboards placed throughout Merrill and Tomahawk.
Focusing on adult oral health, the importance of a dental home and how oral health affects general well-being are the goals of the Adult Oral Health Campaign. These efforts will assist in reaching the Oral Health Coalition’s vision of making the community a healthy place to live, learn, work and play.
A survey conducted by Lincoln County Health Department in 2015 found that: 56% of adults do not see their dentist regularly. It’s important that individuals understand the connection between oral health and overall health.
Lincoln County Affordable Dental Clinic Guide – The Lincoln County Oral Coalition has developed a “Guide to Affordable Dental Care” that lists dental clinics in our area available for people with little or no insurance.
If you would like to learn more about the Lincoln County Oral Health Coalition and or how you can get involved, please contact Karen Krueger, Public Health Nurse, at 715-539-1368 or firstname.lastname@example.org