Local Oral Health Program (LOHP)

OUR VISION 
All Tulare County residents will have access to and utilize oral health services and enjoy optimal oral health. 
 

MISSION STATEMENT 
Improve oral health in Tulare County by fostering leadership, ensuring access to culturally appropriate preventive education and clinical services, and promoting oral health as part of total health. 

Tulare County will create and expand capacity at the local level to educate, aid in prevention, and provide linkages to treatment programs for dental disease, including that caused by the use of cigarettes and other tobacco products. Tulare County will create program activities related to the community's oral health, including education, disease prevention, linkage to treatment, case management, and surveillance.

Related Documents and Links

COVID-19 Guidance for Dentists
COVID-19 Guidance for Dentists

Click this link for guidance based on what is currently known about the transmission and severity of  COVID-19 and the implications for dental practice. 

How Fluoride Works
How Fluoride Works

This is a 1-page infographic from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Sweet Drinks Eat Teeth
Sweet Drinks Eat Teeth

This is a 1-page informative flyer about making good choices for healthier teeth.

Dental Health Resources (Map)
Dental Health Resources (Map)

This oral health map will allow you to view dental resources available throughout Tulare County. The dental resources are categorized by type and their contact information is included.

Smile California
Smile California

As a Medi-Cal member, your benefits and your child’s benefits include dental coverage at little or no cost to you. Find out more by visiting the Smile California website.

The Office of Oral Health – California Department of Public Health
The Office of Oral Health – California Department of Public Health

The state plan serves as a roadmap to identify priorities, short term, intermediate, and long term goals and objectives along with recommendations to address the burden of disease, increase access to oral health services for high-risk populations, and to increase the oral health status of all Californians.

Tulare County Oral Health Needs Assessment
Tulare County Oral Health Needs Assessment

This report presents findings from a community-driven assessment process to identify oral health needs, risk and protective factors, utilization levels, service gaps, and resources.

Tulare County Oral Health Program Strategic Plan
Tulare County Oral Health Program Strategic Plan

Click here to access the 2017–2022 Oral Health Strategic Plan and find out how this local program serves the community.


Agency News

Local Non-Profits Encouraged to Apply for COVID Recovery Funds

Local Non-Profits Encouraged to Apply for COVID Recovery Funds

The County of Tulare invites local non-profit organizations to apply for one-time State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) for eligible project activities or programs that help Tulare County residents and the community respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and public health emergency. The application period is now open and will remain open for 30 calendar days, closing on October 12, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.

WIC Partners with Tule River Tribe, Helps Close Equity Gap

WIC Partners with Tule River Tribe, Helps Close Equity Gap

Over the last two years, the WIC program has undergone major changes to modernize its services. This modernization has enabled the program to enhance the services it provides to the community and find strategies that improve access and close equity gaps.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Is Coming to Tulare County

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Is Coming to Tulare County

On July 16, 2022, we in Tulare County will join the rest of the United States in beginning to use the 988 dialing code. 988 will be the new three-digit number for calls (multiple languages), text, or chat (English only) that connects people to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

2022 Walk with a Doc Program

2022 Walk with a Doc Program

Held the second Saturday of each month in Visalia, Walk with a Doc is a free community outreach program, which strives to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages. This doctor-led group is a fun and safe place to go for a walk, learn about health, and meet new friends.