Missouri Oral Health and Community Health - Status, Challenges and Work in Progress 


Presented by Dr. John Dane

This is a report on the status of oral health in Missouri.  A review of Surveillance Indicators and program activates for the Office of Dental Health.


Dr. John Dane is Missouri’s State Dental Director. This position is co-located at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and MO HealthNet Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services.  He previously was Dental Director for Truman Medical Center Lakewood, Kansas City, MO, for the Independence, MO, school-based dental program, and for the Missouri Elks Mobile Dental Program.   He was an associate professor for the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry from 1977 to 2002.  For almost 10 years, Dr. Dane was the chief dental consultant for Swope Ridge Geriatric Center in Kansas City, and he has been a staff member at John Knox Village Care Center in Lee’s Summit, MO.  He has taught continuing education courses and has co-authored works on community health and specialty care programs for both the American Dental Association and the Missouri Dental Association (MDA).  In 2014 Dr. Dane received MDA’s Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his long history of exemplary service and dedication to the dental profession and to organized dentistry. In addition to the American Dental Association, the Missouri Dental Association, and the Greater Kansas City Dental Association, Dr. Dane is a member of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry and the Academy of Dentistry for the Persons with Disabilities.  He is a graduate of the UMKC School of Dentistry.