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Dental health is important for overall health

Clackamas County Public Health has made dental health for Clackamas County residents a priority. Dental health has an impact on overall health. Poor health can lead to chronic diseases and make it more difficult to have a successful pregnancy. Harmful bacteria may grow in the mouth and cause oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease. This can lead to tooth loss. Bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause infections that can affect heart health, cause premature births and low-birth weight babies.

Learn more about Oral Health.

Read the recent Pearly Whiltes! Oral Health newsletter.

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Learn more about the Dental Navigation Program administered by Northwest Family Services. This video follows patients as they are provided a dental screening and referred on to dental treatment services within Clackamas County. These patients share their personal oral health history and the importance of this urgent dental care service.

How Do I Find Help to Obtain Dental Care?

  • If you have insurance, contact your dental insurance plan for the name of participating dentists
  • If not currently enrolled in a dental insurance plan please, please contact Cover Oregon 1-855-CoverOR (1-855-268-3767) or

Low Cost Dental Resources

  • Clackamas County Health Clinics: 503-655-8471
  • Northwest Family Services, Dental Navigation Program: 503-278-3574
  • Russell Street Clinic: 503-494-6822
  • Dental Access Program: 503-988-6942
  • Salud Medical Center: 503-982-2010
Additional Resources

For more information about Clackamas Dental Health Access, Prevention, and Education Initiatives, email Susan Berns-Norman at

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