Dental specialists strive to improve the overall health of patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with the teeth and gums. State public health dental hygienists provide oral health education programs that may include videos, printed educational materials and interactive exhibits.
Instruction covers dental disease prevention, dental injury prevention, appropriate diet, oral hygiene practices, consumerism and professional dental care practices. Most of the programs are targeted towards elementary aged children to establish good oral hygiene habits. Programs for caregivers of adult populations as the elderly or those with disabilities are in development.