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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 »

New Tip Sheet

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

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;2<br /><span>uploaded July 11, 2011</span>

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

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.

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

Covering Disparities in Oral Health Session Recap: Health Journalism&nbsp;2014<br /><span>uploaded March 28, 2015</span>

This video was filmed at the Association of Health Care Journalists' 2014 Health Journalism Conference.


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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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