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Debbie Padilla
Division Manager

323 S Mountain Avenue
Springerville, AZ 85938

Phone: (928) 333-2415 Ext 240
FAX: (928) 333-5876



Mission Statement: 

Our mission is to be a community health resource facilitation leadership, education, and supportive efforts through developing and maintaining partnerships. We will strive to assess, coordinate and implement preventive dental health resources in order to reduce our community needs. We will develop and exercise progressive, professional and administrative practices.

Our Goals:

  • Monitor dental health status to identify community dental health problems.
  • Inform, educate and empower people about dental health issues and life style changes.
  • Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve dental health problems.
  • Link people to needed dental health services.
    Research for new insight for innovative solutions to dental health problems.

We are currently working on our school-based sealant program funded by the State of Arizona. Children in grades 2nd and 6th who meet the states requirements can qualify to have preventative sealants placed on their permanent molars, by a licensed dental hygienist. This procedure will take place at the school during school time as to reduce the amount of school time lost.

"Preventative Fluoride Varnishing" recommended by your Dentists and Physicians to prevent decay in children ages 6 months to 3 and 1/2 years. Talk to your Physician about getting a referral to a Dentist for you Child's first preventative trip to the Dentist. The New York Times Vital Signs stated that "Fluoride Varnish to cut cavities in small children. As little as one Fluoride Varnish treatment a year can cut the cavity rate in half for infants and small children."


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