Volume: VII, Issue: 8
October 1, 2019

Oral Health Video Wins Award

The video Steps for Toothbrushing at the Table: Growing Healthy Smiles in Early Care and Education Programs has won an APEX Award for Publication Excellence from Communications Concepts that recognizes publication excellence in content, communications effectiveness, and graphic design. OHRC, a partner in the National Center for Early Childhood Health and Wellness, helped to produce the video. In this video, learn how to prepare, model, clean up, and store supplies, and to train staff to begin a daily toothbrushing program in Head Start and childcare programs. Find supplemental resources on the video's web page. Encouraging tooth brushing in Head Start and childcare programs helps promote oral health and teaches children about proper toothbrushing and a lifelong habit. OHRC, the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) and the Dental Quality Alliance work in collaboration on the Center for Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement (COHSII), now in year three of project activities. Check-in via the COHSII web page to learn more about technical assistance to Maternal and Child Health Bureau-funded networks and Title V oral health programs, maternal and child oral health quality indicators, and the projects working to integrate oral health care services into primary care.


U.S. Oral Health System is Failing,
But Americans Know How to Fix It

DentaQuest is making headlines about Oral Health this week, and we wanted to be sure that our partners at OPEN did not miss two important activities.

New Research: On Monday, September 23, we released Reversible Decay: Oral Health is a Public Health Problem We Can Solve, a research report that provides a unique 360-degree view of the current state of oral health in America and spans 5 critical stakeholder groups: dentists, physicians, patients, employers and Medicaid dental administrators. Read the press release. Review the report.

Critical Conversation: On Tuesday, September 24, we presented America’s Oral Health: An Emerging Crisis, in partnership with POLITICO. This lively panel discussion on the future of oral health care included:

  • Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.),House Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Richard J. Manski, DDS, Chair of Dental Public Health, University of Maryland School of Dentistry
  • Julie Watts McKee, DMD, State Dental Director, Kentucky Department of Public Health
  • RADM Erica Schwartz, Deputy Surgeon General, Health and Human Services    

The event was streamed live from Washington, D.C., and a video recording is now available here.

-- OPEN Network

Healthy People 2030
Secretary's Advisory Committee Meeting

Meeting Webcast: The Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Healthy People 2030
October 2, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET. Register for the next meeting of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 (Committee). The Committee will discuss the importance of local data and how data partnerships can contribute to achieving Healthy People 2030 objectives. 
Register Now


TxOHC Congratulates South Central CHC!

Congratulations to Dr. Yashashri Urankar and Community Health Centers of South Central Texas, Inc. for being selected to receive the John Rossetti Award for Center of Excellence for displaying leadership and excellence in oral health practice management.  Dr. Urankar will be awarded at the NNOHA Conference in Las Vegas in October 2019.

World Cavity-Free Day is October 14

World Cavity-Free Future Day was launched as an initiative in 2016 by the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future, whose mission is to address the need for greater global awareness of dental caries. In addition, the Alliance focuses on the wider issues that stem from poor dental health and raises global awareness about best practices for the prevention and management of caries and cavities. Use the 2019 resource pack to find family resources, professional resources, posters, images, infographics, a toolkit, and background information to promote World Cavity-Free Future Day in your area. 



The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) is pleased to announce the release of a new resource: Opioids and Children and Adolescents: Information for Oral Health Professionals. Nearly 25 percent of the first opioid prescriptions for children and adolescents come from dentists. Compared to adults, children and adolescents are at higher risk for opioid misuse or abuse; therefore, exercising caution when prescribing opioids is critical. The document provides best practices for care on drugs to recommend before prescribing opioids and information about prescribing opioids with caution and being aware of the potential for misuse or abuse. It also discusses the importance of understanding laws, policies, and recommendations.
This paper is a companion to the 2018 OHRC release of Prescribing Opioids for Women of Reproductive Age: Information for Dentists, a paper which provides an overview of pain management for dental procedures for women of reproductive age and discusses pharmacological considerations for pregnant women. It also discusses neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome, guidelines for providing opioids, managing acute dental pain, and guidelines for discharging women with opioid prescriptions. Information about prescription drug monitoring programs is included.

-- Campaign for Dental Health

Seeking Volunteers!

Seeking RDH/RDA Volunteers in West Texas, DSHS Region 9/10
The Texas Department of State Health Services Region 9/10 Oral Health Improvement Program is seeking volunteers for their Smiles for Schools Program. Please contact Savannah Walker, RDH, Region 9/10 Dental Hygienist, Texas Department of State Health Services at (wk cell) 432-381-8376, or (office) 915-834-7777 if interested and to sign up for the location and date you are available.
Participants must be a licensed dental hygienist or dental assistant, certified to place sealants. They would like 1-2 volunteers per school for a full day. Typical clinic hours for their program range from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM. The information for each school may be found at the TxOHC Career Center. Please note, it is not necessary to contact the schools. The DSHS OHIP program will be handling all logistics to include the information required for the volunteers to obtain a background check. Thank you in advance for helping DSHS improve oral health in West Texas. 

TxOHC wishes to thank our 2019 Coalition Sponsors 

DentaQuest Foundation
Midwest Dental Equipment and Supply
Oral Health Industries
SDI (North America, Inc.)
SelenBio Dental
Center for Children’s Health, led by Cook Children’s
Geriatric Dental Group of South Texas

Welcome New Members 

Individual Members 
Sarah Arafat, MPH, DDS Harris County Public Health, Community Health Dentist
Ellen Bauman Grassroots Advocate for People with Disabilities
Gisela V. Bona, DDS, MSc UT Health School of Dentistry at Houston
Diane Bruce Provider Relations Guardian Insurance
Magda A. de la Torre,
UTHSC San Antonio 
Coleen J. Flannagan, RDH Kenneth Schaefer, DDS
Linda Litzinger Texas Parent to Parent
Ana Neumann Associate Professor, University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston
Lois Palermo, RDH Drs. Castille & Castille - Texas Board
Sandra Lindsay Ray, RDH Four Oaks Dental
Kaushik Shah, DDS Central Care Integrated Health Services
Ellen Spitsen City of San Antonio Metro Health
Amy Strain  HRSA
We also wish to add our sincere thanks to all TxOHC members who have renewed their membership for 2019.

We appreciate your participation and support!

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