Volume V, Issue: 1
February 28, 2017

Promoting total health
through oral health . . .

It shall be the mission of the Texas Oral Health Coalition to promote oral health across the lifespan by advocating for optimal oral health for all Texans through statewide partnerships.
Table of Contents

2017 Texas Legislative Session

Legislative Updates may be found at

Oral Health Programs for 2017

TxOHC is pleased to announce the following 2017 oral health programs:
  • Perinatal Oral Health Program (Texas Tooth Steps)
  • Older Adult Oral Health Program (Mission 80/20)
  • Fluoride for Texas
  • Texas Oral Health Summit
For these programs to be successful we need your support and participation. To learn more about these programs and how you may get involved, please visit


Local Anesthesia Bill for Dental Hygienists

This bill allows dentists in Texas to delegate to dental hygienists the administration of local anesthesia. This is the standard of care in 44 other states, the District of Columbia and the United States Military. 

This bill requires that any hygienist administering local anesthesia will have to be properly educated and trained. It requires that practicing hygienists will have to take a classroom course (number of hours to be determined by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners) and that dental hygiene education programs will increase the hours in their curricula to include the clinical portion of local anesthesia administration.

It is time for our state to allow hygienists to be educated to the same level as most other states. Please write your legislator and ask them to support Senate Bill 430 or HB 1201. To find out who your State Senator or Representative is please visit To stay informed on the status of these bills please visit Texas Legislature Online

ADA Health Policy Institute
Creates New Tool to Measure Access

Existing approaches to measuring access to dental care providers have significant shortcomings. The Health Policy Institute recently completed a two-year effort to develop a new approach to measuring access to dental care providers. This approach geo-locates all Medicaid providers and uses geoanalytics to measure proximity of Medicaid providers to Medicaid beneficiaries. The analysis is highly actionable for policymakers, identifying “hotspots” of insufficient access that could be addressed through targeted reforms. See the journal article summarizing methods here.

TxOHC Wants to Hear From You
(Texans in Action)

Help us share your success with others. Please submit a brief article with or without pictures about your successes, challenges, projects or programs to advance oral health in Texas, so we may highlight your efforts in future e-briefs. These efforts can be from you as an individual or as part of an organization. There are many successful projects worth replicating, but others need to hear about them from you.

TxOHC offers complimentary event promotion for our organizational partners. Please provide all relevant information to share or forward including registration links. If your organization is not a partner, we invite you to join and reap the many benefits of TxOHC membership.
TxOHC Membership Reaps Big Rewards

Tarrant County Junior College Representative Lisa Englehart, was pleased to accept the TPC Portable Unit from Midwest Dental Chief Operating Officer Tim Cluley Friday, November 4, 2016 during the Texas Oral Health Summit. As the TCJC dental hygiene community health instructor, Lisa is excited for the opportunity this portable unit brings to her students and community members.
As part of the Collaborative Stakeholder Initiative between TxOHC and Midwest Dental, TxOHC members receive substantial price discounts on merchandise, capital equipment and laboratory services. For each merchandise or equipment order placed with Midwest Dental in excess of $500, your name will be added to a drawing for a free TPC Portable Unit.

Midwest Dental has generously pledged another TPC Portable Unit to give away during the 2017 Texas Oral Health Summit, so if you, or your organization are not a member, please join today and take advantage of these cost savings. 

You must be a member to qualify and complimentary membership applications may be found linked below.
Individual Membership
Organizational Membership
Midwest dental

November 9-11, 2017

Texas Oral Health Summit
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