Children's Oral Health Coalition


Dental health is an essential part of a child's health care. Along with asthma and obesity, tooth decay is one of the major chronic diseases for young children in America. In fact, tooth decay is five times more common than asthma. Tooth decay is a silent, transmissible, infectious disease that is preventable1!

Poor oral health can have serious consequences on a child if left untreated. Children with poor oral health will have difficulty sleeping, eating and speaking which can affect their ability to learn. In Tarrant County, there are over 33,000 children between the ages of 0-9 who did not receive all the dental care needed within the past year (CCHAPS 2015).

The mission of the Children's Oral Health Coalition (COHC) is to improve the oral health of children 0-8 in Tarrant County through community collaboration. Since 1999, the COHC has used evidence-based practices and a strategic plan to guide its education, prevention, awareness and advocacy initiatives in the community.

1Fighting the Silent Epidemic of Poor Oral Health – American Family Physician

Our focus areas:

Coalition overview and accomplishments:

Additional collaborations focusing on oral health:

For more information or to get involved, please contact Elaine Vivens, Children’s Oral Health Coalition coordinator at 682-885-6730, or send an email to​​