Volume IV, Issue: 7
September 1, 2016

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
November 4-5, 2016

Texas Oral Health Summit

Wyndham Garden Hotel Austin
Register Today!

Creating Total Wellness in Texas
NOVEMBER 4-5, 2016
Wyndham Garden Hotel Austin

Make plans now to join your friends and colleagues for the Texas Oral Health Coalition’s premier public oral health education event.  Attendees may receive up to 10 CEU’s and you won’t want to miss these nationally recognized speakers and their informative lectures.

Friday- Dr. Susan Maples, DDS, MSBA will be presenting Creating Cradle-to-Grave Total Wellness (3.0 CEU in the AM and 3.0 CEU in the PM)
Learn how the trends in lifestyle illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea and acid reflux closely intertwine with periodontal disease and caries.

Advancing the Oral Health Movement in Texas workgroup members will be meeting from 2:30 -5:00 pm. The Opening Reception will be from 5:00 - 7:00 pm where attendees may enjoy Poster Presentations, bid on must have items during the Silent Auction and network with colleagues and exhibitors.

Saturday- Edie Gibson, RDH, MS will be presenting Your Brain on Drugs: The Dark Side of Addiction (3.0 CEU)
Substance abuse, in essence, “hijacks the brain” leading the abuser down a harmful path of oral health and whole body destruction. Published evidence on oral complications related to substance abuse emphasizes that oral health care at various levels including education, prevention, and treatment should be integrated into general care services for addicts. This life changing, brutally honest program will give you the tools and information to effectively recognize the signs and symptoms of, as well as how to treat, the drug abusing patient. It will empower you to make a significant difference in their lives!
For more 2016 summit information please visit
Poster Presentations
The Texas Oral Health Coalition invites you to submit a poster presentation for this year's Oral Health Summit.  Applications are open to professional health providers, educators, students, or anyone that would like to present information on their oral health program, project, or research.

Please read the Poster Presentation Guidelines and  Application for complete details and submit your completed application by October 12, 2016 to secure your place and an opportunity to win a monetary award.  
2016 Texas Oral Health Champion Nominations

A friendly reminder that the Texas Oral Health Coalition's Board of Directors are accepting nominations for outstanding individuals and/or organizations who are dedicated to improving oral health in Texas. 

This is an excellent opportunity to show someone how much their work is appreciated. Award winners will be honored during the annual meeting at the Oral Health Summit, Friday, November 4, 2016 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Austin.

All nominations must be submitted by: Monday, September 19, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. CDT.

General Information/Instructions
  1. Please nominate only one individual or organization. Awards are designed to recognize contributions that far exceed that of the normal course of duty. 
  2. No endorsement letters may be attached to nomination.
  3. Please complete the online Oral Health Champion nomination form here.

Texas Health and Human Services Agencies
Begin Major Transformation

August 31, 2016 News Release
At the direction of the Texas Legislature, the state’s health agencies have begun a massive restructuring to make the system more efficient, effective and responsive for all Texans.
On Sept. 1, about 4,000 employees and more than 120 programs and functions will officially “move” to the Health and Human Services Commission from four other health and human state agencies.
The move marks the first of two waves of the state’s significant health agency transformation designed to help Texans find and receive services more efficiently.
This first phase moves many client services and administrative functions to HHSC, which administers Medicaid, CHIP and other services. The second wave, set for Sept. 1, 2017, moves certain regulatory programs, state hospitals and state supported living centers to HHSC from other agencies.
The most visible aspect on Sept. 1 will be the launch of a revamped website for Texas Health and Human Services. A major section of the site will be dedicated to services, with subgroups by service types, such as services related to aging, disabilities, women and children, food and fitness, child protection and others. The site will have a cleaner look and more intuitive navigation to help people find health and human services information.
One of the more significant structural changes starting Sept. 1 is the consolidation of client services into a single division at HHSC, rather than have them exist at several agencies. This Medical and Social Services Division will create a central structure, connecting behavioral, medical, preventive care, disability, developmental and other services into one area to better meet the needs of the whole person.
The changes are part of the system’s consolidation from five agencies to three. The transformation will eliminate the need for the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services and the Department of Aging and Disability Services to operate as separate agencies by 2017. The transformation also includes moving selected programs from the Department of State Health Services and the Department of Family and Protective Services to HHSC. DSHS will focus its efforts on core public health functions, and DFPS will focus on prevention and protective services.
An analysis of the system and the passage of legislation last year outlined the directive to transform the Health and Human Services system into a more efficient system to better provide services and benefits to Texans. No programs were eliminated as a result of the system overhaul.

Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Charles Smith
Executive Commissioner

TxOHC Career Center
Dentists Needed in Merkel and Abilene, Texas

Name of Employer: ResourceCare Community Health Center

Contact Information: Please email resume to


Position: Dentist at Merkel Clinic
Responsible for providing a range of dental procedures (e.g. diagnose and provide treatment). Must have current, valid doctorate degree from an accredited school of dentistry. Licensed to practice in the state of Texas Initiative; flexibility; ability to effectively address multiple tasks requiring attention to detail; problem identification, analysis, and resolution. 

  • Responsible  for  completing  patient  screening  procedures  (e.g.,  oral  health,  dental  history,   examinations,  etc.).
  • Responsible  for  completing  typical  treatment  procedures  (e.g.,  preventative,  restorative,   endodontic,  etc).
  • Administer  anesthetic  and  write  prescriptions  for  medication.
  • Counsels  patient  about  good  oral  health  and  hygiene.
    Learn more about the position

Name of Employer: Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District which is a division within the City of Abilene

Contact Information: Apply for the position on the website


Position: Contractual Dentist
Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District is seeking a 3 day a week contractual dentist immediately until a full time dentist can be secured. It is critical they are able to provide continuum of care for patients who are currently receiving dental services.  If you are interested please contact Santos Navarrette Jr., MA, MBA, Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District Health Director by 
phone at (325) 437- 4608 or by email at

Position: Dentist I/II
Under general supervision of the Health Authority/Medical Director, to provide quality oral healthcare services to eligible children, youth, and adults. The provision of dental care services will include monitoring and evaluating clients' oral health through regular check-ups; diagnosing dental conditions, infections, and diseases; performing dental treatment such as fillings, tooth extractions and fitting dentures, bridges and crowns; provision of oral healthcare education to clients and members throughout the community and the completion of related business tasks.

Must possess a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), or a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) degree. Must be licensed to practice dentistry in the state of Texas by the Texas State of Dental Examiners.

TSBDE August Board Meeting
Press Release

August 15, 2016
The mission of the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners [TSBDE] is to protect the public health and safety and promote high quality and safe dental care by providing enforcement, licensing, peer assistance, and related information services to licensees and their patients.

At its August 12, 2016 meeting, the TSBDE entered disciplinary actions related to 11 dental professionals, remedial actions related to 10 dental professionals and disciplinary actions related to initial licensure/registration of 13 dental professionals.  Three agreed cease and desist orders were issued.  The TSBDE also entered disciplinary orders against 4 dental professionals that may become final on September 6, 2016.

The TSBDE directed the Anesthesia Committee to research several topics related to anesthesia to determine if new rules need to be proposed or if current rules need to be changed.  The Anesthesia Committee was asked to explore a possible pediatric designation or separate pediatric permit, to develop the requirements of written emergency plans for permit holders, to evaluate and then determine the appropriate data to track regarding anesthesia complaints, and to evaluate the current levels of anesthesia permitting, to include but not limited to, educational requirements, training courses, and transitional training courses.  The Anesthesia Committee and staff will hold additional committee meetings, including a possible stakeholder meeting, and report back to the Board at theNovember 18, 2016 meeting. 

The TSBDE also voted to propose a rule requiring all dentists to maintain and annually update written policies and procedures for responding to emergency situations. 

The TSBDE encourages consumers to utilize the “Search Disciplinary Actions” tool on its website to research any Texas dental services provider. If you have concerns about a Texas dental services provider, TSBDE encourages you to contact its office at 512-463-6400 or email at  

-- TSBDE August 15th Press Release

TxOHC Members Save Money on
Supplies, Equipment and Lab Fees

TxOHC members receive substantial price discounts on merchandise, capital equipment and laboratory services. If you, or your organization are not a member, please join today and take advantage of these cost savings. 

Individual Membership
Organizational Membership

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 to be given away during the 2016 Oral Health Summit.

Learn more about this exciting opportunity here.
Midwest dental

TxOHC "Matching Challenge"

TxOHC is pleased to share that one of our members pledged $24,000 in financial support for 2017 that requires matching funds be acquired in 2016. Please make a donation today and help us meet this challenge. 

Any amount given demonstrates your commitment and support essential for our ability to meet the needs of Texas Dental Health Initiatives and sustainability for our Coalition.

Donations for the “Matching Challenge” may be made via Credit Card, or by check made payable to TxOHC.  All donations $250 and above will receive a tax acknowledgement letter via email for your records.

Please mail checks to:
4614 Bowie Dr.
Midland, TX   79703
2016 Matching Challenge
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