The Taney County Health Department (TCHD) and Jordan Valley Community Health Center (JVCHC) have partnered to provide dental care, effective January 2, 2015.
The Taney County Health Department and Jordan Valley Community Health Center have partnered to provide dental care. The Taney County Health Department Children’s Dental Clinic is now the Jordan Valley Community Health Center Forsyth. Our existing patients will continue receiving dental care at the Taney County Health Department Forsyth office, 15479 US Hwy 160.
This partnership will expand dental care services to the entire family; moms, dads, babies, kids and grandparents living in Taney County. MoHealthNet is still accepted for both children and pregnant women in addition to other options. The dental providers at Jordan Valley Community Health Center Forsyth provide professional care and cleanings, periodontal/gum therapy, extractions, digital X-rays, oral cancer screenings, root canal therapy, crowns and much more. For more details about payment options and services please visit www.jordanvalley.org.
Jordan Valley Community Health Center Forsyth
- Hours of operation:
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Wednesday 8 a.m. – Noon
Print a list of Mediciad/Low Income Dental Providers for Southwest Missouri
- Taney County Health Department – 15479 US Hwy 160, Forsyth (in the Cedar Square Shopping Center across from McDonald’s)
Oral Health Education/Information
Consequences of Dental Caries (Tooth Decay)
- The consequences of untreated dental caries on children’s overall health and well-being are substantial. Dental problems result in an estimated 51 million hours lost from school, costly emergency department visits, and hospital-based medical and surgical treatments. Poor oral health has been related to decreased school performance, poor social relationships, and less success later in life.
- Children are often unable to verbalize their dental pain. Teachers may notice a child who is having difficulty attending to tasks or who is demonstrating the effects of pain—anxiety, fatigue, irritability, depression, and withdrawal from normal activities—but cannot understand these behaviors if they are not aware that the child has a dental problem.
- Early tooth loss caused by dental decay can result in failure to thrive, impaired speech development, absence from and inability to concentrate in school, and reduced self-esteem. Children experiencing oral pain are easily distracted, unable to concentrate on schoolwork, and have problems with schoolwork completion. Children who take a test while they have a toothache are unlikely to score as well as children who are not distracted by pain. School deterioration and altered physical appearance caused by tooth loss or decay cause poor self-esteem.
- Left untreated, the pain and infection caused by tooth decay can lead to problems in eating, speaking, and learning.
Missouri Dental Association Public Resources
Parents may think of a newborn baby as having no teeth, but the primary teeth that will erupt over the next few years are already present when your child is born. These teeth are crucial to your child’s dental development and important to their total health.
The Start Right materials and education program was developed to address the importance of baby teeth and caring for these, and to give information on teething and tooth eruption, and practical tips to prevent early childhood cavities.