The Texas Oral Health Coalition advocates for:
- School-based oral health programs, recognizing that these programs can play an important role in preventing and controlling dental caries in children;
- Community water fluoridation, which adjusts existing fluoride levels in public drinking water systems to a level that reduces tooth decay;
- Increased funding to create an ongoing, comprehensive oral health surveillance system that measures all at-risk populations in Texas;
- Widespread collaborative efforts between oral health professionals, medical providers, nurses, social workers and other stakeholders to promote health for all Texans;
- Preventive oral healthcare, oral health education during pregnancy, and oral post-partum care for all women, especially those in rural and underserved areas of the state;
- Improved oral health of frail elders in long-term care facilities and those aging in place by training caregivers in daily oral care;
- Increased oral health literacy through the development of linguistically and culturally appropriate educational materials.