What is COHI?

COHI stands for the Community Oral Health Initiative which is a group of Upper Valley residents who began to meet monthly in 2006 to discuss the most pressing oral health issues facing their communities.  For more information on COHI, click here

What will you do with the stories you collect?

We plan to use them to help get the word out about the need to address oral health care.  We will:

  • Gather the stories and share them with policy makers in Montpelier and Concord
  • Spread the stories to traditional media outlets–newspaper, radio and TV
  • Collect and record the stories on this website
  • Make them available for other statewide and national efforts around oral health
  • We welcome your ideas about how to best use the stories

How many times a day do I need to brush and floss my teeth?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that each person brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. Visiting a dentist for regular check-ups is also important to maintaining overall oral health.

How often does a toothbrush need to be replaced?

Generally toothbrushes should be replaced every three to four months. If the bristles of your brush become noticeably frayed, then you should definitely replace the toothbrush since frayed bristles don’t do an effective job of cleaning teeth.

How often should I visit the dentist?

The ADA recommends a visit to your dentist once every six months. If you are a denture wearer, you may wish to consult with your dentist to determine the optimal frequency of dental appointments as a way of ensuring effective denture use.

What can I do to become more involved with the Upper Valley Oral Health group’s work?

What a fantastic question! First, we would encourage you to keep up to date with our blog and twitter posts, as well as any other news which we decide to feature on the website.  As the stories feature of the site begins to build momentum, we will keep you aware of our efforts to share these stories in Vermont and New Hampshire and invite you help create meaningful change around oral health policy.  You can help us collect stories by posting one yourself and encouraging friends and relatives to do the same.