The prevention and management of dental disease is a shared responsibility between dental professionals, health and other professionals and the patient. Whether you work in private practice, a community health center, a long term care facility, a school-based health center or mobile/portable oral health program, the evidence-based resources on this page will assist you in improving the oral health of your community.
- Community Water Fluoridation
- Dental Sealants
- Infection Control
- Maternal and Child Health
- Older Adults
- School-Based Oral Health Prevention Programs
- Topical Fluorides
Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
- Everything you ever wanted to know about Medicaid and CHIP
- Medicaid CHIP State Dental Association (MSDA) Mission is to develop and promote evidence-based Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program oral health best practices and policies through innovative collaboration with a broad spectrum of stakeholders.
Additional Resources and Trainings for Dental and Health Professionals
- Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP) Mission is to improve oral health for children and families by identifying and advancing solutions that are innovative and cost-effective. Promote strategies that are grounded in the best available research, and—where the evidence is lacking—CDHP will lead efforts to learn more and explore new approaches.
- Smiles for Life – A National Oral Health Curriculum – The Curriculum was developed by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Group on Oral Health and is free for health professionals. Its purpose is to enhance the role of primary care clinicians in the promotion of oral health for all age groups through the development and dissemination of high-quality educational resources.
- Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General (2000)
National Organizations and Associations of Importance to Dental and Health Professionals (alpha order)
- American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Mission is to improve children’s oral health through communication and collaboration between the medical and dental homes, and to make pediatricians and other health professionals an essential part of the oral health team.
- American Association of Community Dental Programs (AACDP) Mission is to support the efforts of those serving the oral health needs of vulnerable populations at the community/local level.
- American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) Mission is to advance the practice and science of dental public health to achieve optimal oral health for the public.
- American Dental Association (ADA)
- American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA)
- Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) – Mission is to provide leadership to promote a governmental oral health presence in each state and territory, to formulate and promote sound oral health policy, to increase awareness of oral health issues, and to assist in the development of initiatives for prevention and control of oral diseases.
- National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) – Mission is to improve the oral health of underserved populations and contribute to overall health through leadership, advocacy, and support to oral health providers in safety-net systems.
- Oral Cancer Foundation – Mission is the firm establishment in the minds of the American public for the need to undergo an annual oral cancer screening, combined with an outreach to the dental and medical communities to provide this service as a matter of routine practice.
- Oral Health America – Mission is to change lives by connecting communities with resources to increase access to care, education, and advocacy for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable. Our vision is a future free of oral disease and pain.