March 2017
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Featuring the latest resources to promote oral health

March 2017

The following news and resources are featured by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC).
OHRC is pleased to announce two updated resources.

Resource Highlights: Community Water Fluoridation features a presentation of key facts, recent materials, and selection of websites on community water fluoridation. For example, it includes the fact sheet, Natural Fluoride in Drinking Water, developed by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. Topics addressed include how much fluoride is found naturally in drinking water sources, who is responsible for monitoring fluoride found in public water systems and in private drinking water sources, recommended levels for fluoride in drinking water sources, and water-filtration systems.

Resource Highlights: School Oral Health Services features a presentation of key facts, recent materials, and selected websites. For example, it includes a Memorandum of Agreement between the Hawaii Dental Association and the Hawaii Department of Education. This memorandum of agreement describes terms and conditions under which the Hawaii Dental Association is allowed to provide presentations, including presentations on dental hygiene, oral health awareness, and information about access to free oral health services, to students in public elementary schools in Hawaii.
Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: A Consensus Statement
We are preparing the next issue of Promoting Oral Health During Pregnancy—Update on Activities. Have you used the consensus statement? Tell us how! Please message us with information on how you have used the guidance from the consensus statement or its component parts (pharmacological table, Tips for Good Oral Health During Pregnancy) in your work in education/training, policy development, program administration, or care. And thank you; your examples may inspire others.

In the News 

Updated Periodicity Schedule

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued updated screening and assessment recommendations for children's preventive healthcare. The Bright Futures/AAP Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care (Periodicity Schedule) reflects changes approved in February 2017 and published in April 2017. A summary of changes is provided on page 2 of the schedule. For oral health, assessing for a dental home has been updated to occur at the 12-month and 18-month through 6-year visits. A subheading has been added for fluoride supplementation, with a recommendation from the 6-month through 12-month and 18-month through 16-year visits. Footnotes 32, 33, and 35 have been updated/added. For further information, see the Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition, Evidence and Rationale chapter

APHA Call for Nominations

The Oral Health Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) has issued a call for nominations for awards. The Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health Pre-Professional and Post-Professional Awards were established in memory of the late Anthony Westwater Jong and in recognition of his commitment to community-based dental public health, his strong and highly acclaimed mentoring of students, and his emphasis on the importance of state, local and community-based public health action. The John W. Knutson Distinguished Service Award in Dental Public Health has been presented each year since 1982 to honor an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to improve oral health in the United States. Its recipients have demonstrated sustained and exemplary accomplishments in the field of dental public health. Learn more and find the nomination form online. Nominations are due Monday, May 15, 2017.

Webinar: What's the Word on Dental Sealants

On Friday, March 31, at 1:00 p.m. (ET), learn about the scientific evidence that supports the use, safety and benefits of sealants and review the American Dental Association clinical practice guideline for the use of pit and fissure sealants. This webinar will give tips on engaging in conversation with a parent/caretaker about the benefits and safety of dental sealants. It will also provide information about patient education materials/information providers can share with patients about sealants. Participants will learn about the success of a state sealant program and practitioner opportunities to participate in state or local sealant programs. Continuing education credit is available to participants who complete this webinar. Register.

OHRC resources and services are made possible with grant funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
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