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Coretopic:Oral Health

New Tip Sheet

Momentum grows behind dental therapists

Mary Otto's tip sheet explains the dental therapy model and provides some resources for covering it. See it now »

New How I Did It

Covering barriers to dental care for people with disabilities 

Elizabeth Simpson reported on the unique challenges faced by those with disabilities. See it now »

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February is National Children's Dental Health Month

AHCJ Oral Health core topic leader Mary Otto provides some story ideas. See it now »

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.



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

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

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

Ajay's Story: Soon won't have to avoid the emergency room when she has an asthma&nbsp;attack.<br /><span>uploaded August 29, 2013</span>

Ajay is the only person in her family uninsured. Soon this 20-year-old won't have to avoid going to the emergency room when she has a bad asthma attack. Learn more about Covered California at CoveredCA.com.

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

Community Water&nbsp;Fluoridation<br /><span>uploaded December 18, 2013</span>

CDC has recognized water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. While there has been a notable increase during the early part of this century in the number of persons with access to CWF, CDC along with state and local health departments and other public health partners face ongoing challenges in promoting and expanding CWF. Comments on this video are allowed in accordance with our comment policy: http://www.cdc.gov/SocialMedia/Tools/CommentPolicy.html This video can also be viewed at http://www.cdc.gov/about/grand-rounds/archives/2013/December-17-2013.htm

Fluoride in the Water Isn't Going to Hurt&nbsp;You<br /><span>uploaded September 22, 2014</span>

Thanks to audible.com for supporting Healthcare Triage. Sign up and get a free audiobook at http://www.audible.com/triage. Every once in a while chain emails or Facebook posts make their way back into prominence. It happened last year with HPV killing girls. Recently, it seems to be Fluoride. A number of you have been forwarding me a post from last year which features a meta-analysis published a few years ago on Fluoride and IQ. So let’s talk about Fluoride! For those of you who want to read more or see references, look here: http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/?p=58286 John Green -- Executive Producer Stan Muller -- Director, Producer Aaron Carroll -- Writer Mark Olsen -- Graphics http://www.twitter.com/aaronecarroll http://www.twitter.com/crashcoursestan http://www.twitter.com/realjohngreen http://www.twitter.com/olsenvideo


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Upcoming events on Oral Health from the AHCJ calendar.

  • Apr

    2015 National Oral Health Conference

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

  • May

    Global Oral Health Symposium

    Speakers will include Riva Touger-Decker R.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of Nutritional Sciences, Rutgers University, Cristin E Kearns, D.D.S., M.B.A., University of California, San Francisco, and Paula Moynihan, B.Sc., Ph.D., professor of nutrition and oral health, Newcastle University.

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