California Oral Health Literacy Toolkit

By California Department of Public Health, Office of Oral Health and the Health Research for Action Center at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health on September 03, 2021
The September 2021 issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association explores the California Oral Health Literacy Toolkit.  This toolkit includes five components to help providers learn or review basic oral health literary principles, including communicating clearly and with cultural...

Proven Public Health Measures – spotlight on Childsmile in Scotland

By Gail Douglas on August 25, 2021
For decades the oral health of children in Scotland was among the worst in Europe and given the strong link between caries and deprivation it had an unenviable task on its hands to improve things for future generations. It is a relatively small nation, with a population of around 5.5 million with...

Emergency Department Visits Involving Dental Conditions, 2018

By Pamela L. Owens et al. on August 20, 2021
Oral health contributes to overall wellbeing and improved quality of life.  Untreated poor dental health also can lead to negative general health outcomes.1 Most oral diseases tend to be progressive and cumulative without intervention.2 Tooth decay and periodontal disease are among the most...

Helping Dental Patients Quit Tobacco: What Can We Do and Why Should We Do It?

By Benjamin W. Chaffee, DDS, MPH, PhD on August 02, 2021
The August 2021 issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association explores how and why dentists can help their patients stop using tobacco products. Guest edited by Dr. Benjamin Chaffee with content from our UCSF COHTAC team, the special issue, entitled “Helping Dental Patients Quit...

Ask, Advise, Refer Virtual Training for Healthcare Professionals

July 19, 2021
The “Ask, Advise, Refer” webinar educates health care professionals about evidence-based intervention strategies that can be used in any practice to assist in guiding conversations for tobacco and nicotine cessation in an effective way to encourage patient engagement.  

Time to take gum disease seriously: The societal and economic impact of periodontitis

July 01, 2021
This report describes the methods and main findings from The Economist Intelligence Unit’s research which assesses the evidence linking improved periodontal health to better overall health outcomes, and showcases the economic and societal implications associated with periodontal health across six...

School Meals Are Free for All Children Through June 2022

By CDC Healthy Schools on June 15, 2021
Have you heard the USDA has extended the child nutrition waivers? This means that schools can offer free meals to all children, regardless of household income, through June 2022—even while school is out during the summer.

Dental Procedures Are Very Low Risk In The Aerosol Spread of COVID-19, Study Finds

By Tom Dudding et al. on June 15, 2021
Many of the common procedures carried out by dentists have very low risk of increasing the aerosol spread of COVID-19 and some procedures, such as ultrasonic scaling, were not shown to generate aerosol other than from the clean instrument itself, new research has found. 

COVID-19 Infection Rates of Dentists Remain Lower Than Other Health Professionals

By Marcelo W.B. Araujo et al. on May 24, 2021
More than a year after COVID-19 appeared in the U.S., dentists continue to have a lower infection rate than other front-line health professionals, such as nurses and physicians, according to a study published online ahead of the June print issue in The Journal of the American Dental Association.

Challenges in Implementing School-Based Oral Health Programs: Short- and Long-Term Impact of COVID-19

By CareQuest Institute of Oral Health and ASTDD on May 21, 2021
COVID-19 has disrupted K-12 learning and has limited children's access to oral health services and programs. School-based oral health programs (SBOHPs) are an essential access point for children to receive preventive oral health services.