Public Health Resources

Dental Public Health


State Strategies to Incorporate Oral Health into Medicaid Payment and Delivery Models for People with Chronic Medical Conditions  Jul-31-2018 Report provides recommendations from state leaders on first steps to incorporating oral health, such as sharing Medicaid health home members' dental data with both dental and medical providers and including oral health questions in health home screening tools. (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))

Dentists Play Vital Role in Addressing Opioid Crisis  Jul-31-2018 A commentary by the directors of the NIDCR and NIDA notes that dentists can play a vital role in helping to address the nation's opioid crisis. The coauthors outline NIH-funded research and initiatives that aim to inform clinical decision making related to opioid prescribing. (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), NIH)

Notice To Announce Commission of a Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health  Aug-01-2018 The U.S. Public Health Service's Oral Health Coordinating Committee announces the commission of a Surgeon General's Report presenting prominent issues affecting oral health. The report will document progress in oral health in the twenty years since the 2000 Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health, identify existing knowledge gaps, and articulate a vision for the future. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

To Improve Health Disparities, Focus on Oral Health   Aug-17-2018 A team from our Clinical Scholars program believes that addressing oral health disparities can improve overall health and well-being, and help end cycles of poverty. They are bringing oral health to the community through school clinics, an app and an oral health protocol development for nurses, physicians, dentists and dental hygienists. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

When Regulations Block Access to Oral Health Care, Children at Risk Suffer  Aug-21-2018 This brief describes a range of state-based regulations or policies that either limit or prohibit dental hygienists from sealing children's teeth at school, or create financial burdens that work against the expansion of school sealant programs. (Pew Charitable Trusts)

Closing the Gap on Dental HPSAs: Louisiana Oral Health Workforce Assessment (August 2018)  Sep-14-2018 In order to understand the challenges and successes related to oral health in Louisiana and trying to identify how the entire health care community can more effectively address oral health needs, the Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health (BPCRH) undertook a comprehensive assessment of the oral health system in Louisiana. (Louisiana Department of Health)

Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care: Communication, Coordination and Referral  Oct-09-2018 This discussion paper focuses on some particularly challenging aspects of bridging primary care and oral health care for low health literacy populations. Because of the lack of physical proximity between most dental and medical practices, even in some co-located places, many patients and providers have difficulty navigating this divide. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

American Association for Community Dental Programs  AACDP supports the efforts of those with an interest in serving the oral health needs of vulnerable populations at the community level. Members include staff of city, county, and community-based health programs with an interest in oral health issues and access to care.

American Association of Public Health Dentistry  Founded in 1937, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) provides a focus for meeting the challenge to improve oral health. AAPHD membership is open to all individuals concerned with improving the oral health of the public.

American Dental Association (ADA)  The not-for-profit American Dental Association is the nation's largest dental association that works to advance the dental profession on the national, state and local level. The ADA is committed to its members and to the improvement of oral health for the public. (American Dental Association)

Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD)  National non-profit organization representing the directors and staff of state public health agency programs for oral health.

Centers for Disease Control: Division of Oral Health  The CDC's Division of Oral Health (DOH) works to improve the oral health of the nation and to reduce inequalities in oral health. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

HRSA: Oral Health  HRSA works to improve the oral health of underserved people by exploring ways to improve access to oral health care, increase awareness of the connection between oral health and overall health, promote prevention, and improve oral health literacy to health providers and patients alike. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)

Hispanic Dental Association  The Hispanic Dental Association is the only national organization of dental professionals dedicated to promoting and improving the oral health of the Hispanic community and providing advocacy for Hispanic oral health professionals across the United States.

IHS Dental Portal  The purpose of the Dental Portal is to have one place where staff who work in Indian healthcare can locate essential resources to support to the operation of effective clinical and community dental programs. (Indian Health Service (IHS))

NRHA National Rural Oral Health Initiative  The National Rural Oral Health Initiative is the combined effort of the National Rural Health Association and the DentaQuest Foundation to improve oral health disparities in rural America through policy, communications, education and research. (National Rural Health Association (NRHA))

National Dental Association  The mission of the National Dental Association is to represent the concerns of ethnic minorities in dentistry, to elevate the global oral health concerns of underserved communities, to enhance educational and financial opportunities, and public policy awareness, for its members, and to recruit underrepresented minorities into the profession through advocacy and mentorship.

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)  The mission of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is to improve oral, dental and craniofacial health through research, research training, and the dissemination of health information. (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), NIH)

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center  The purpose of the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) is to respond to the needs of states and communities in addressing current and emerging public oral health issues. OHRC supports health professionals, program administrators, educators, policymakers, and others with the goal of improving oral health services for infants, children, adolescents, and their families. The resource center collaborates with federal, state, and local agencies; national and state organizations and associations; and foundations to gather, develop, and share quality and valued information and materials.

National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA)  NNOHA's mission is to improve the oral health of underserved populations and contribute to overall health through leadership, advocacy, and support to oral health providers in safety-net systems.

Oral Health Workforce Research Center (OHWRC)  OHWRC is based at the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) at the School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York. OHWRC provides timely, accurate data and conducts policy relevant research to assist in future health workforce planning. (State University of New York, University at Albany, School of Public Health)

Public Health Foundation (PHF)  Dedicated to achieving healthy communities through research, training, and technical assistance. For more than 35 years, this national, non-profit organization has been creating new information and helping health agencies and other community health organizations connect to and more effectively use information to manage and improve performance, understand and use data, and strengthen the workforce.

Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)  The Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE) is an independent, international professional association made up of a diverse membership of health education professionals and students. The Society promotes healthy behaviors, healthy communities, and healthy environments through its membership, its network of local chapters, and its numerous partnerships with other organizations.

Tribal Oral Health Initiative   Initiative to explore solutions and develop recommendations to address oral health disparities and lack of access to oral health treatment and prevention services in Indian Country. (National Indian Health Board)

Dental Public Health Listserv  Email list to facilitate discussion of issues relating to Public Health as it relates to dental issues. The list is limited to public health professionals and policy makers interested in dental issues. This list is not affiliated with any professional organization or group. (University of Pittsburgh)

OHRC Electronic Lists and Newsletters  Email lists and electronic newsletters related to oral health. (National Maternal and Child Health Oral Health Resource Center)

    • + Continuing Education Programs
      • State Oral Health Leadership Institute SOHLI is a 12-month professional development program that provides Medicaid dental program directors and state oral health program directors - working in collaboration - with the necessary leadership skills and policy knowledge to improve access to dental services and oral health outcomes for low-income children and adults.
      • TRAIN Learning Network TRAIN is a learning resource for professionals who protect the public's health. A free service of the Public Health Foundation, is part of the newly expanded TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN).

American Dental Association: Accreditation Standards for Dental Public Health  Detailed accreditation standards for institutions with a dental public health program. The standards were updated in 2014.

Oral Health Information Tutorial  This tutorial focuses on improving access to and awareness of reliable information resources, as well as integrating the best evidence from these resources into public health dental practice and educational activities. (University of Texas, Health Science Center at San Antonio)

Smiles for Life Oral Health Curriculum  The Smiles for Life curriculum consists of eight 45-minute modules covering core areas of oral health relevant to health professionals, including child oral health, adult oral health, pregnancy, and geriatric oral health. (Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM))

AHRQ's Grants On-Line Database  Searchable database of grants funded by AHRQ. (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)

American Dental Association Foundation Grants/Scholarships  The ADA Foundation has several grants available for dental professionals and others. (American Dental Association)

American Dental Hygienists' Association Institute for Oral Health  The American Dental Hygienists' Association Institute for Oral Health offers grants for research and community service.

Community Response Fund  DentaQuest's Community Response Fund supports small, one-time grants that address access to oral health care. (DentaQuest Institute)

Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) Open Opportunities  Comprising six bureaus and 12 offices, HRSA provides leadership and financial support to health care providers in every state and U.S. territory. HRSA grantees provide health care to uninsured people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women, mothers and children. They train health professionals and improve systems of care in rural communities. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Grants  Grants support community-based initiatives to provide dental care for underserved/limited access children. (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry)

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) - Grants and Funding  NIDCR is the nation's leading funder of oral, dental, and craniofacial research. (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), NIH)

AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange - Dental Health Care  Innovations and quality tools to develop oral health education, prevention, and treatment programs. (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)

Bright Futures Toolbox  This toolbox highlights materials that advance the Bright Futures philosophy of promoting and improving the oral health of infants, children, and adolescents. (National Maternal and Child Health Oral Health Resource Center)

Community Water Fluoridation Communications Toolkit  NACCHO's new Community Water Fluoridation Communications Toolkit has resources to help local health departments and other organizations educate and inform their communities about the benefits of fluoridation. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

Dental Devices  This site includes FDA's public health notifications, advice for patients, and related consumer health information on dental devices. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)

Health Reach: Dental Care Resources  Oral hygiene and dental health resources for patients and consumers in multiple languages. (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH)

MedlinePlus - Child Dental Health 

MedlinePlus - Dental Health 

MedlinePlus - Mouth and Teeth Topics  Consumer health information from MedlinePlus on topics related to the mouth and teeth.

Mouth Healthy  A consumer site from the American Dental Association with information on habits, concerns, and nutrition for all life stages. (American Dental Association)

My Water's Flouride  My Water's Fluoride (MWF) allows consumers to learn about the fluoride level in their drinking water. Also, you can find out the number of people served by the system and the water source. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

NIDCR (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research) - Oral Health Information  Oral health information for the consumer from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), NIH)

Oral Health in Rural Communities  Resources, organizations, funding, and news about rural oral health. (Rural Health Information Hub)

SmileConnect  An online portal to connect children in need to available health resources. (Altarum Institute)

The Oral Health Website  Website aims to help communities, governments, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and private businesses start or enhance community-based oral health programs for older adults. Site includes a searchable database of community-based oral health programs and an oral health guide: The Community Guide to Adult Oral Health Program Implementation. (Administration for Community Living (ACL), HHS)  Consumer dental and oral health information can be found on, a site by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and its health information referral service, the National Health Information Center.

ADA Health Policy Institute  The Health Policy Institute (HPI) aims to be a thought leader and trusted source for critical policy knowledge related to the U.S. dental care system. HPI achieves this by generating, synthesizing, and disseminating innovative research on a variety of topics that are relevant to policy makers, health care advocates, and providers within the U.S. dental care system. (American Dental Association)

ASTDD Dental Public Health Resources Committee  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 policy documents include issue briefs, position papers, policy statements and resolutions to reflect the Association's priorities and stance on dental public health issues. (Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors)

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry  The mission of the AAPD is to advocate policies, guidelines and programs that promote optimal oral health and oral health care for children. The AAPD serves and represents its membership in the areas of professional development and governmental and legislative activities.

NASHP Oral Health Resources  Resources including briefs, toolkits, reports, and case studies that explore innovative strategies that states have developed to address access to oral health services. (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))

National Center for Fluoridation  NCF was created to provide information within that network of scientists, educators, public officials, organizational representatives, and media concerned about the availability of reliable, timely, and scientifically-based information about community water fluoridation.

National Conference of State Legislatures: Children's Oral Health  The National Conference of State Legislatures was founded in 1975 with the conviction that legislative service is one of democracy's worthiest pursuits. NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.

Preventing Tooth Decay  Strategies and policies to prevent tooth decay. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Public Health Law Research: Oral Health  Evidence briefs that summarize the evidence supporting the effectiveness of laws and policies to ensure oral health and hygiene. (Public Health Law Research)

    • + Journals
      • ADA News News from the American Dental Association.

Addressing Oral Health in Health Policy  Pre-recorded presentation from January 2017 describes how oral health should be integrated into health policy decision-making and research, how oral health issues are addressed in federal/state policies, and what challenges, methods, and best practices will most improve access to oral health care. (AcademyHealth)

American Association for Community Dental Programs - annual symposium  The annual symposium is held as a pre-conference session to the National Oral Health Conference. The National Oral Health Conference is sponsored by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

National Oral Health Conference  The National Oral Health Conference is sponsored by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors)

Smiles Across America® Webinar Series   Monthly webinars and Share & Learns to provide technical assistance and to create a forum for programs to share information about best practices and innovative projects in improving oral health. (Oral Health America)

FASTSTATS: Oral and Dental Health  FASTSTATS provides statistics from the nation's principal health statistics agency, National Center for Health Statistics.

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) - Data and Statistics  NIDCR supports the collection of statistics to document oral, dental, and craniofacial conditions and assess oral health trends in the United States. (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), NIH)

National Oral Health Surveillance System (NOHSS)  NOHSS is a collaborative effort between CDC's Division of Oral Health and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD). It is designed to monitor the use of dental health care, oral disease, and the status of community water fluoridation.

Oral Health Data  The Oral Health Data website contains data for indicators from the National Oral Health Surveillance System (NOHSS), Water Fluoridation Statistics biennial reports, and the annual Synopses of State Oral Health Programs. National and state-level data are provided for all indicators. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)