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March 2016 E-Newsletter

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News  and Resources from the
Oral Health Resource Center


The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) is pleased to announce *Promoting Oral Health During Pregnancy: Update on Activities February 2016*. This document is the fourth in a series of OHRC updates to highlight national, state, and local activities that promote oral health during pregnancy that have taken place since the release of *Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: A National Consensus Statement* in 2012.


Recently, states and jurisdictions identified national performance measures as part of the Title V maternal and child health block grant process.  National performance measure 13A, dental visit during pregnancy, aligns with the consensus statement. This update highlights key strategies in the areas of partnership and collaboration, education and training, and access to care from the 29 states and jurisdictions that selected NPM 13A. Use this update for ideas about how to partner with these or other entities to help achieve progress toward access goals. The update concludes with an annotated list of resources.


The document is available at


Find the consensus statement and related resources (including previous updates, the 2-page consumer handout in several languages, the pharmacological table, and an e-book format of the consensus statement) at



*New languages*: Tips for Good Oral Health During Pregnancy, a two-page handout for pregnant women, is now available in Arabic, Korean and Portuguese (joining existing editions in English, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese):

*Website*: The Children's Dental Heath Project has announced, a website with materials to help policymakers, providers, and advocates raise awareness about children's dental health, improve child health outcomes, and reduce cost. Press materials and ideas for news stories are included.


Local Events

Paso a Paso Dental Care Parenting Class

Luis Davalos with the RCAA TOOTH Program will be addressing “How clean are your teeth” and “Learn how to care for your kids teeth.”

Healthy Refreshments and Childcare will be provided. 

Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact Paso a Paso at 

Fortuna Class

Tuesday March 15th 6-8

At Rohner Recreational Center , 5 Park St. Fortuna

Eureka Class

Tuesday March 22nd 6-8 pm
At Jefferson Community Center, 1000 B St Eureka


Jessica Eusebio Larios

Community Health Worker, Paso a paso


Innovative Practices in Oral Health

Oregon Dental Pilot to Expand Tribes’ Access to Care
Brenda Meade, Tribal Chairperson of the Coquille Indian Tribe, one of the two Oregon tribes participating in the dental health access pilot, said.


Dental clinics serving two Oregon tribes have been authorized to hire dental health aide therapists to help expand care for their patients.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) on Feb. 8, 2016, approved a pilot that will allow health clinics and centers serving two tribes in the state—the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians and the Coquille Indian Tribe—to hire dental therapists to help expand access to care.

The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) has partnered with the two tribes on the pilot, which is made possible by a 2011 Oregon law that supports innovative and data-driven improvements to the state’s oral health care system.

These midlevel providers will work under the supervision of a dentist to help respond to the unmet need for preventive and routine restorative care, such as filling cavities, placing temporary crowns, and extracting badly diseased or loose teeth.

The project marks the first time dental therapists will work in Oregon, but they are active elsewhere in the country—with a notable record of expanding access to care:

  • The Oregon pilot replicates the highly successful dental therapy program in Alaska.
  • Dentists in Minnesota have already integrated these providers into their practices.
  • Maine authorized dentists to hire them in 2014.
  • The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in Washington state licensed and hired a dental therapist in January 2016.

Research from around the globe shows that dental therapists offer high-quality, cost-effective treatment, improving access especially in places where dentists are scarce.1 They receive two years of rigorous education and are required to have as much clinical experience as dentists for the limited number of procedures they perform. Further, a growing body of evidence demonstrates that they deliver safe and reliable care: More than 1,000 studies from across the globe found no quality concerns for these midlevel providers.2

Oregon tribal members served by the clinics that will hire dental therapists stand to benefit immensely. American Indians suffer from the poorest oral health of any population in the United States, with staggering rates of untreated tooth decay among children and of untreated decay and gum disease among adults.

If the pilot is successful and dentists statewide are allowed to hire similar providers, many more Oregonians could see their access to care improve. More than 1 million state residents live in areas with a shortage of dentists,3 and tooth decay is widespread. More than half of children ages 6-9 had decay in 2012, and 20 percent of children had dental caries that went untreated.4

Several other states are also considering legislation and additional proposals to authorize midlevel providers.

John Grant directs and Nate Myszka oversees state children’s dental policy campaigns at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Upcoming Webinars

Fundamentals of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care

Webinar: Fundamentals of the National CLAS Standards
March 17, 2016 at 3 pm ET

Featured Speaker:
J Nadine Gracia

J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health
Director, Office of Minority Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Register here:

National CLAS Standards.Attendees will learn about culturally and linguistically appropriate services and then provide a blueprint for individuals and health and health care organizations to best serve our nation’s increasingly diverse communities through culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

Culturally and linguistically appropriate services means that services are respectful of and responsive to individual cultural health beliefs and practices, preferred languages, health literacy levels and communication needs. Implementing culturally and linguistically appropriate services helps individuals and organizations respond to the demographic changes in the U.S.; reduce health disparities; improve the quality of services; meet legislative, regulatory and accreditation mandates; gain a competitive edge in the market place; and decrease the likelihood of liability.

OHAC Webinar 

Wednesday, March 22nd, 12:00-1:30.


Learn about policy change processes that impact oral health efforts in California, and discuss priority policy issues under consideration for presentation to legislators at the April 6th OHAC Day at the Capitol. 

Presentations by Liz Snow, Chief of Staff, Assemblyman Jim Wood

Anthony Wright, Executive Director, Health Access California.


Register for the webinar HERE



From Dr. Doyle Bradshaw, DDS at Kimaw Dental Clinic in Hoopa:

Curious if anyone is using silver diamine fluoride as
a caries treatment modality?

"IHS is starting to use silver diamine fluoride to slow dental decay. It has received FDA approval for tooth sensitivity and is being used to slow down tooth decay as off label use much like fluoride varnish.

Sounds like some insurance companies will pay for treatment under code D1354. I think DentiCal may be paying for this in California not sure.  Would be great to know if others  are currently using the stuff in our area."
~~Dr. Bradshaw 

Please contact Dr. Bradshaw if you are interested in this topic or can let him know if you or others are using silver diamine fluoride for caries treatment.



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Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 10th  2016 12:00-2:00
Eureka Community Health & Wellness Center
2200 Tydd Street
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