New AAP interim guidance covers use of PPE in ambulatory settings

By Alyson Sulaski Wyckoff, Associate Editor on August 20, 2020
The Academy has released interim guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by health care personnel, patients and families in ambulatory care settings.

Elmo's Toothy Dance Awareness Campaign

By More LA Smiles on August 20, 2020
We are proud to partner with Sesame Street in Communities to conduct a children’s oral health awareness campaign with the aim of educating children, families and caregivers about the importance of oral health.

CDA and ADA respond to WHO recommendation: Dentistry is essential health care

August 12, 2020
CDA and ADA strongly disagree with the World Health Organization’s Aug. 3 guidance advising that routine non-essential oral health care, including oral health check-ups, dental cleanings and preventive care, be delayed. 

Research to Advance Models of Care for Medicaid-Eligible Populations

By Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on August 06, 2020
2020 Call for Proposals Release Date: August 5, 2020 | Application Deadline: Wed, 2 Sep 2020

Advancing Health Equity Through Telehealth Interventions During COVID-19 and Beyond: Policy Recommendations and Promising State Models

By Lee Taylor-Penn, Emmett Ruff on July 28, 2020
Due to COVID-19, states are making major policy and regulatory changes to expand health systems’ telehealth capabilities to meet the needs of patients and providers. This shift has tremendous potential to help people who have historically lacked access to medical care, including people in rural...

The dental care program at school was something to smile about. Until the pandemic hit

By Ariane Lange on July 13, 2020
Lanessa Pinkney has always struggled to bring her four kids to the dentist. She would have to take time off work, yank her kids out of school, and juggle appointments on multiple days. Pinkney, of Sacramento, wanted them to have the regular oral healthcare they were entitled to on Medi-Cal, but...

Modesto teen gets wisdom teeth removed for free

By Brandi Cummings on July 10, 2020
More than four out of five college students reported they are facing financial challenges because of the novel coronavirus outbreak. That's why two Stanislaus County oral surgeons started a new program to help. Wisdom teeth will no longer be a problem for 16-year-old Silvia Lopez. She is the...

Lancet Commission on Oral Health

June 23, 2020
The Lancet Commission on Oral Health In July 2019 The Lancet published a ground-breaking Oral Health Series that highlighted the global public health importance of oral diseases and the need for a radically different policy agenda to tackle this major problem (Peres et al., 2019; Watt et al., 2019...

Asian Health Services “Clinic Drive-Thru” for the Kindergarten Oral Health Assessment and Fluoride Varnish Program

By Keiko Miyahara, RDH, MS on June 09, 2020
As COVID-19 spread and the shelter-in-place order was put into effect in March, all of the school oral health prevention programs abruptly halted. With the uncertainty of this unprecedented situation, all of us wondered how life would continue on during the pandemic.