Education & Resources

CDC Launches Oral Health Data-A New Open Data Platform

Oral Health Data brings together data from multiple sources into an integrated platform where people can see oral health indicator data, all in one place. Oral Health Data replaces the existing National Oral Health Surveillance System (NOHSS), Oral Health Maps, and State Synopses websites. The new, integrated data application brings together oral health data in a whole new way. Users can filter up-to-date data by indicator type, topic, geographic location, year, or data source. They can view data in maps, graphs, and tables and use the data portal to pull targeted insights with filtering and visualization tools.

The Division of Oral Health (DOH) is continuing to work on the data side to make new data and capabilities available to Oral Health Data’s users. In the initial release, users will have access to:

• State level fluoridation indicator data from 2000-2012;

• State level child indicator data from 1993-2013; and

• State level adult indicator data from 1999-2010.

To learn more and see how you can use Oral Health Data, visit us at: www.cdc.gov/oralhealthdata
At the same time, the newest version of My Water’s Fluoride (MWF) 2.0 will offer the site’s 700,000+ annual visitors:

• The most current data that each state has provided to WFRS;

• The water system data they are looking for, in understandable terms; and

• A streamlined interface through which they can find fluoridation status in just 4 clicks.

See how to use the new MWF 2.0 site at: http://nccd.cdc.gov/DOH_MWF

State Synopsis data will be added as soon as this year’s Synopsis is published

The Condition of Latinos in Education

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The prevalence of caries and tooth loss among participants in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos

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Prevalence of periodontitis according to Hispanic or Latino background among study participants of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos.

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CMS’ Oral Health Initiative Resources

This page provides free resources to promote good oral health and encourage families to enroll their eligible children in Medicaid or CHIP. Click here to print or order resources.

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-An overview of the educational landscape of public health
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Dental Careers

The goal is to serve as an objective free resource of information to anyone working as or interested in becoming a dental assistant or hygienist, includes information on program accreditation, national certification options, salary expectations, licensing requirements, job growth projections salary information and more. www.dentalcareersedu.org

Colgate Oral Health Network: For Professionals

Access Resources, Internationally Renown Experts, and Professional Development Colgate Oral Health NetworkAccess FREE online courses, events and articles on a host of oral health topics, including dry mouth, dental erosions, pearls in dental therapeutics, periodontal disease and diabetes, eating disorders, sleep apnea and more.  Visit the Oral Health Network here.

Colgate Patient Education Materials & Videos

Colgate makes an abundance of patient education materials available for teachers, parents, kids and dental professionals. To better equip yourself with educational tools on cavity prevention, proper brushing, flossing technique and more, visit the links below. Educators and dental professionals will find posters, brochures, coloring sheets here. Meet the New Tooth Defenders (DVD video available to HDA members by request made to the National Office) Games and puzzles kids can play instantly (ages 2-9) Colgate kids games —Adapted from Colgate.com —   Search among popular topics for more information, tips and recommendations:

Bad Breath Understand the causes of bad breath and management tips. Read more about “Bad Breath”

Common Dental Procedures Follow the steps involved in common procedures like root canals. Read more about “Common Dental Procedures”

Diabetes and Oral CareKnow why proper oral care carries extra important for diabetics.Read more about “Diabetes and Oral Care” Gum Disease Prevent tooth loss associated with gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis.Read more about “Gum Disease” Oral Care for Children Understand your child’s needs from first tooth to braces. Read more about “Oral Care for Children” Oral Health Basics Explore the fundamentals for attaining clean, healthy teeth and gums. Read more about “Oral Health Basics” Orthodontics Know when they’re needed and how they can help. Read more about “Orthodontics” Sensitive Teeth Discover common causes and simple treatments. Read more about “Sensitive Teeth” Tooth Whitening: information on the latest, safe whitening techniques Find information on the latest, safe whitening techniques.Read more about “Tooth Whitening”

Dental Loan Organizer and Calculator

AAMC/ADEA Dental Loan Organizer and Calculator (DLOC) Free resource to currently enrolled dental students, graduates and residents for debt management helping promote responsible borrowing and loan repayment. This tool is designed to help dental school borrowers easily organize and track their student loans. It can also run repayment scenarios based on an individual’s career plans following dental school, including any plans for post-doctoral work. Click here to access this tool.

Procter & Gamble Online Countinuing Education Courses

Procter & Gamble, through its professional brands of Crest and Oral-B, is proud to offer a library of over 130 online Continuing Education (CE) courses at no cost to dental professionals. These courses cover a broad range of topics relevant to your dental interests. Courses on dentalcare.com are available anytime from work or from the comfort of your home. All of our courses are developed and peer-reviewed by leaders in the dental profession and follow the ADA CERP and AGD PACE guidelines. We are thrilled to expand our library of courses with an English and Spanish version of our 2 new CE courses on Special Needs patient care in pediatric dentistry. These continuing education courses are intended for Dentists, Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants. As always, our courses are FREE, AVAILABLE 24/7, and PEER REVIEWED. See sample courses below.


La compañia Procter & Gamble, a través de sus marcas profesionales de Crest y Oral-B, está orgullosa de ofrecer una biblioteca de más de 130 cursos online de Educación Continua (EC) sin costo alguno para los profesionales dentales. Estos cursos abarcan una amplia gama de temas relevantes a sus intereses dentales. Los cursos en dentalcare.com están disponibles en cualquier momento, desde el trabajo o desde la comodidad de su hogar. Todos nuestros cursos son desarrollados y revisados por líderes en la profesión dental y siguen las guías de la ADA CERP y AGD PACE. Estamos encantados de ampliar nuestra biblioteca de cursos con una versión en inglés y español de nuestros dos cursos nuevos de EC. Estos cursos de educación continua están diseñados para dentistas, higienistas dentales y asistentes dentales. Como siempre, nuestros cursos son gratuitos, disponible 24 / 7, y revisados por colegas.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/goto/cerp. niños

National Museum of Dentistry launches oral health resource for parents of autistic children

BALTIMORE, MD (September 16, 2011)-The National Museum of Dentistry has created a new resource to help parents of children with autism spectrum disorder succeed in teaching good oral healthcare. Healthy Smiles for Autism is a guide that helps parents teach children with autism spectrum disorder how to brush and floss with the help of step-by-step instruction, social stories, and visual sequencing cards that can be used wherever brushing happens.  The Healthy Smiles for Autism guide was created to empower parents of children with autism spectrum disorder with usable tools to help effectively teach their children an oral health routine. The guide also provides information to help parents prepare their children for a first dental visit. “We want to be able to give parents readily usable tools to help their children to develop a good oral hygiene regimen,” said National Museum of Dentistry Executive Director Jonathan Landers. “We’ve combined best practices for autism education, such as visual sequencing cards and rewards systems, with proven personal oral hygiene techniques to help make the process a little bit easier.” The National Museum of Dentistry partnered with Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders and University of Maryland Dental School to develop these best practices to oral health care for children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others – including the dentist. Dental care is the leading unmet healthcare need among children with special needs, and across all income levels, children with special needs are almost twice as likely to have an unmet oral heath care need than their peers without special needs, according to the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. The National Museum of Dentistry, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, develops unique learning opportunities to engage the public in discovering how to have a healthy mouth for life.  Also available free to the public is the MouthPower.org website that teaches good oral health skills to children, and the GetMouthPower.org that reveals the special oral health care needs of adults 50+. The Healthy Smiles for Autism guide is made possible by the support of Henry Schein Cares, the Global Corporate Social Responsibility program of Henry Schein, Inc., Blakeslee Advertising, and a generous gift from Dr. Irwin and Lucia Smigel. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DENTISTRY See amazing teeth feats, marvel at George Washington’s choppers, sing along to vintage toothpaste commercials, and discover fascinating hands-on exhibitions about the power of a healthy smile. Enjoy field trips, home school days, special events, and more. An Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, this one-of-a-kind museum is located at 31 South Greene Street, a short walk from the Inner Harbor. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and students with ID, $3 for children age 3-19; and free for age 2 & under and active duty military & immediate family. Open Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays. Call 410/706-0600 or visit http://www.smile-experience.org/.

Association of State & Territorial Dental Directors:   The ASTDD Data Committee is pleased to report that the Basic Screening Survey for Children packet is now available in Spanish. The packet includes a CD with the manual for the Basic Screening Survey for Preschool and School Children and a DVD with the videos for both dental and non-dental health professionals translated into Spanish. To order, go to https://www.astdd.org/basic-screening-survey-order-form/
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Oral Health Division: http://www.cdc.gov/OralHealth/index.htm
Think Cultural Health:  The Office of Minority Health offers the latest resources and tools to promote cultural competency in health care.  https://www.thinkculturalhealth.hhs.gov/Caries Risk Assessment and Prevention: Caries_Risk_Assessment.pdf (409 KB)
Understanding the Inclusion of Dental Medicine in a Reformed Health Care System – The PEW Children’s Dental Health Campaign: http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/initiatives_detail.aspx?initiativeID=42360HealthCare.gov provides information about insurance options, prevention, laws, quality of care comparisons, and medical information.    http://www.healthcare.gov/index.html for English, https://www.cuidadodesalud.gov/es/ for Spanish
Oral Health Resource Bulletin June 2008 Volume XX:  Prepared by National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center – provides information about current materials such as collaborative practice acts, dental expenditures, dental sealants, fluoride varnish, Medicaid portability and reimbursement rates, perinatal oral health care, and evaluation programs.  For your free printed copy or multiple copies, email ask@hrsa.gov or for an electronic copy, go to the MCHB website at http://www.mchoralhealth.org/publications.html .Children’s Dental Health Project:  Creating and advancing innovative solutions to achieve oral health for all children.  http://www.cdhp.org/
Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center:  Resource materials on pregnancy and oral health are available at the following website. http://www.mchoralhealth.org/materials/perinatal.html .National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center:  Resource materials addressing school-based and school-linked oral health services for children and adolescents. http://www.mchoralhealth.org/pdfs/schoolhealthfactsheet.  . The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP) are collaborating on an oral health project, Awesome Smiles. Funded through a grant from HRSA/Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the project is part of a larger initiative entitled “Partners in Program Planning for Adolescent Health”
ToothIQ – trustworthy dental information translatable into 24 languages: http://www.toothiq.com/ Healthy People Objectives: www.health.gov/healthypeople Medline Plus: Health Topics, Drug Information, Encyclopedia, Dictionary, News, Directories http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/dentalhealth.html An online toolkit for areas experiencing a boil-water alert. http://www.osap.org/?page=Issues_boilwater Boil-water Alerts (go to page 30 and page 45). http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/rr/rr5217.pdf The Use of Salt Fluoridation to Prevent Dental Caries Pan American Health Organization   This book from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) shows how salt fluoridation has proven to be one of the most cost-effective public health interventions in history and shows countries how to implement programs of their own. In Spanish and English.  For more information and how to order go to: http://publications.paho.org/english/moreinfo.cfm?Product_ID=812  Spanish Language Website from the National Institute on Aging – a variety of health topics for specifically adapted for Hispanic seniors at www.nia.nih.gov/Espanol. University of Washington, School of Dentistry Special Needs Fact Sheets: http://dental.washington.edu/departments/omed/decod/special_needs_facts.php

Oral Health Data brings together data from multiple sources into an integrated platform where people can see oral health indicator data, all in one place. Oral Health Data replaces the existing National Oral Health Surveillance System (NOHSS), Oral Health Maps, and State Synopses websites. The new, integrated data application brings together oral health data in a whole new way. Users can filter up-to-date data by indicator type, topic, geographic location, year, or data source. They can view data in maps, graphs, and tables and use the data portal to pull targeted insights with filtering and visualization tools.
The Division of Oral Health (DOH) is continuing to work on the data side to make new data and capabilities available to Oral Health Data’s users. In the initial release, users will have access to:
• State level fluoridation indicator data from 2000-2012;• State level child indicator data from 1993-2013; and• State level adult indicator data from 1999-2010.To learn more and see how you can use Oral Health Data, visit us at: www.cdc.gov/oralhealthdataAt the same time, the newest version of My Water’s Fluoride (MWF) 2.0 will offer the site’s 700,000+ annual visitors:• The most current data that each state has provided to WFRS;• The water system data they are looking for, in understandable terms; and• A streamlined interface through which they can find fluoridation status in just 4 clicks.See how to use the new MWF 2.0 site at: http://nccd.cdc.gov/DOH_MWFState Synopsis data will be added as soon as this year’s Synopsis is published