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Dental Health Group

Phone: (309) 679-6141


Dental caries or tooth decay remains one of the most common chronic childhood diseases and can affect the overall health of children and even adults. The good news is that dental disease is preventable. The Dental Health Group works toward goals to prevent dental disease, promote oral health, and protect the community with a competent workforce. See full article Dental Health in Our Community.



Dr. Susan B. Bishop, Dental Clinic Director, strongly recommends limited sugar intake to reduce overall ill effects on health.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have released the "2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans," which include a call to limit the consumption of added sugars.

The guidelines recommend that Americans limit added sugars to 10% of their daily calorie intake. Added sugars are defined in the guidelines as sugars and syrups that are included in foods or beverages when they are processed or prepared. Therefore, the guideline does not apply to naturally occurring sugars, such as those in fruits and milk.

The goal of the evidence-based nutrition recommendations is to help the general public and policymakers make better-informed choices about their diets.

"Protecting the health of the American public includes empowering them with the tools they need to make healthy choices in their daily lives," stated Sylvia Burwell, HHS secretary, in a press release. "The dietary guidelines provide science-based recommendations on food and nutrition, so people can make decisions that may help keep their weight under control, and prevent chronic conditions, like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease."

This is the first time for the guidelines to include a recommended limit to the consumption of added sugars.

 Average Added Sugars Intake Chart

Americans consistently consume more added sugars than the recommended 10% of daily calorie intake, and the majority of added sugars come from consuming sugar-sweetened beverages that are not milk or fresh fruit, as well as snacks and sweets, according to recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys findings cited in the report. Data courtesy of the "2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans."

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    • Dental Clinic
      Preventive and routine dental care for special populations, by appointment only. 


    • Kids Dental Clinic
      Routine dental services for children age 6 months through 20 years. Appointments only. Income guidelines apply. Medicaid and All Kids accepted.


      • Dental Education
        A variety of school and community-based education programs designed to promote dental health awareness.



    • Dental Sealant Program in SchoolsDSM_logo.jpg

      PCCHD is proud to collaborate with Peoria County Schools to offer the Dental Sealant Program to students.  Dental sealants help to prevent painful tooth decay.  Tooth decay, or a cavity, is a preventable infection caused by bacteria in our mouths that produce acids from what (sugars) we eat.  The acids can destroy tooth structure.  Ninety percent of tooth decay occurs in the pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of our first and second molars (back teeth.)  The good news is that Sealants are one of the most effective ways to protect those molars and are most effective when placed on those molars around the ages of 6 to 12 years.

      Dental Sealant School Schedule - Check the Dental Sealant Program Schedule for your school and return your parental signature form to your school as soon as possible to guarantee (reserve) your child's spot on the schedule.  Forms are available from your school or visit the Dental Sealants and More website.



  • Workforce Development
    Work with community resources of the Peoria Dental Society, Heartland Community Health Clinic, and OSF Saint Francis Hospital to design and implement a General Residency Program to expand dental practice in the public health workforce. Work with Illinois Central College Dental Hygienists, Midwest Technical Institute Dental Assistants, St. Francis, Methodist, and Illinois Wesleyan students.


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