“The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) is a national non-profit organization representing the directors and staff of state public health agency programs for oral health. It was organized in 1948 and is one of 17 affiliates of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). ASTDD formulates and promotes the establishment of national dental public health policy, assists state dental programs in the development and implementation of programs and policies for the prevention of oral diseases; builds awareness and strengthens dental public health professionals’ knowledge and skills by developing position papers and policy statements; provides information on oral health to health officials and policy makers, and conducts conferences for the dental public health community.”

Best Practice Approach

“For the purposes of the ASTDD Best Practices Project, a Best Practice Approach is defined as a public health strategy that is supported by evidence for its impact and effectiveness. Evidence includes research, expert opinion, field lessons, and theoretical rationale.”

Program Support

“ASTDD is committed to promoting and helping to support state and territorial dental directors in their pursuit of knowledge and skills to foster excellence in oral health program leadership. The organization directly provides/links members to a variety of professional development opportunities. Partial travel or meeting expenses are covered under some of the opportunities.”


“ASTDD is the principle voice in promoting the leadership capacity of state dental programs and the impact that their collective oral disease prevention and health promotion activities have on the nation’s oral health. ASTDD works with a broad array of federal, state and local public and private partners to educate decision-makers on dental public health issues and concerns of state oral health programs. ASTDD develops and adopts a variety of policy documents including issue briefs, position papers, policy statements and resolutions to reflect the Association’s priorities and stance on dental public health issues.”