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Coretopic:Oral Health

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Covering the teeth-whitening controversy

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Medicaid spending on braces

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Uncovering information on dental complaints

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Topic overview

It was in 2000, in his landmark report "Oral Health in America," that U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher warned of a silent epidemic of oral disease in America. In spite of some efforts made since to address its underlying causes, the epidemic persists today.

In covering this epidemic, it is important to keep in mind that the burdens of disease weigh most heavily upon poor children and racial and ethnic minorities of all ages, who are most likely to go without the care needed to prevent and treat tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth loss, oral cancers and other diseases of the mouth.

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Video

Dental Crisis in&nbsp;America<br /><span>uploaded September 13, 2013</span>

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) holds a hearing about the dental crisis in America.

Status of oral health for rural&nbsp;residents<br /><span>uploaded July 11, 2011</span>

From the Rural Health Journalism Workshop in June 2010: People in rural areas go to emergency rooms for dental pain more than their urban counterparts, and many face economic consequences for having bad teeth. A rapidly expanding network of dental clinics run by federally qualified health centers is trying to address oral health problems in rural America. * Emily Shortridge, Ph.D., Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis * Jason Wesco, chief operating officer, Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas * Moderator: David Wahlberg, Wisconsin State Journal

Status of oral health for rural residents, Part&nbsp;4<br /><span>uploaded July 11, 2011</span>

Continuation of Jason Wesco's comments from the Rural Health Journalism Workshop in June 2010.

Status of oral health for rural residents, Part&nbsp;3<br /><span>uploaded July 11, 2011</span>

From the Rural Health Journalism Workshop in June 2010: People in rural areas go to emergency rooms for dental pain more than their urban counterparts, and many face economic consequences for having bad teeth. A rapidly expanding network of dental clinics run by federally qualified health centers is trying to address oral health problems in rural America. * Jason Wesco, chief operating officer, Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas

Status of oral health for rural residents, Part&nbsp;2<br /><span>uploaded July 11, 2011</span>

Continuation of Emily Shortridge's comments, from the Rural Health Journalism Workshop in June 2010.

Dental Crisis in&nbsp;America<br /><span>uploaded March 1, 2012</span>

Dr. David Satcher: Oral Health in America: Revisiting the Surgeon General's Report of&nbsp;2000<br /><span>uploaded July 17, 2012</span>

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: "ORAL HEALTH IN AMERICA—REVISITING THE SURGEON GENERAL'S REPORT OF 2000" Dr. David Satcher, Former Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Director, the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine Caswell Evans, DDS, MPH Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences UIC, College of Dentistry Moderator: Lisa Tedesco, PhD, Dean James T. Laney School of Graduates Studies, Emory University

Children's Oral Health - Gerbils on a Train&nbsp;:30<br /><span>uploaded August 14, 2012</span>

http://www.2min2x.org The Children's Oral Health English and Spanish PSAs aim to motivate parents to take action to reduce their children's risk of oral disease by making sure their kids are brushing their teeth for two minutes, two times a day. The PSAs feature silly activities that kids do throughout the day, such as watching a funny online video and playing video games, in an effort to communicate the importance of taking the time to brush twice a day for two minutes. Parents are directed to 2min2x.org where they can find fun two-minute videos that kids can watch while brushing.

Science Knows No&nbsp;Country<br /><span>uploaded August 31, 2012</span>

The principal purpose of the film is to show the importance of international collaborative oral health research, and to communicate that NIDCR supports not only U.S. researchers, but also desires to fund the best research anywhere in the world. To illustrate the value of international collaborative research, the video focuses on two institute efforts: a research program in Africa looking at noma, a form of gangrene that attacks the face, and a cleft lip-cleft palate study in the Philippines. "Science Knows No Country" is dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. David Barmes, one of the video's featured researchers, who served as special expert for international health at NIDCR. For the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research's Privacy Policy visit:  http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/PrivacyPart2.htm

Una boca saludable para su bebé ("A Healthy Mouth for Your&nbsp;Baby")<br /><span>uploaded February 5, 2013</span>

Este video es para los padres de bebés o de niños pequeños. Explica por qué los dientes de leche son importantes, da consejos sobre cómo prevenir la caries dental en la infancia temprana y promueve la visita dental de los niños al cumplir un año de edad. (This video is for parents of infants or toddlers. It explains why baby teeth are important, gives tips on how to prevent early childhood tooth decay, and promotes the age 1 dental visit.)

Working with Dental Therapists — Dr. Powers |&nbsp;Pew<br /><span>uploaded May 20, 2013</span>

Dr. John T. Powers, DDS, a private-practice dentist in Montevideo, MN, describes working with a dental therapist to expand access to care in his rural Minnesota town.

Working with Dental Therapists — Dr. Asif |&nbsp;Pew<br /><span>uploaded May 20, 2013</span>

Dr. Shiraz Asif, DDS, clinic dental officer at a community health clinic in Minneapolis, MN, describes integrating a dental therapist into his team of dental professionals.

Can't Afford to Wait: The Dental Care Crisis in&nbsp;America<br /><span>uploaded September 24, 2013</span>

Author and former health insurance executive Wendell Potter takes an in-depth look at America's oral health care crisis. As part of his Huffington Post series "Hidden Epidemic," Wendell explores how millions of people in the U.S. cannot get the dental care they need and what that means for them, and for communities across the country. Read Wendell's post here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wendell-potter/americas-hidden-epidemic_b_3964228.html

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Calendar

Upcoming events on Oral Health from the AHCJ calendar.

  • Oct
    24

    North American Saliva Symposium

    This event brings together world leaders in salivary science and diagnostics. Researchers and providers from dentistry, medicine and industry will meet to share ideas and discuss new salivary technologies.

  • Apr
    27

    2015 National Oral Health Conference

    This conference presents a diverse array of educational sessions and exhibitors from the field of oral public health. 

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