Resources on Oral/Dental Health


Academy of General Dentistry provides its members with continuing education, advocacy, and an opportunity to connect with others in the field.

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

American Academy of Periodontology provides information for individuals with diabetes.

American Dental Association provides Tips for People with Special Needs.

Community Oral Health Station is a centralized resource center for community-based dental prevention programs.

American Dental Hygienists Association Has a Diabetes Fact Sheet and information on nutrition for oral health.

Montana Dental Hygienists Association

Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Health, Indian Health Service, and National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center has developed:

Mobile/Portable Dental Clinic Manual is a companion to the Safety Net Dental Clinic Manual. This online reference tool focuses on using public health approaches to create health care systems to serve populations that have difficulty accessing the traditional system of oral health service delivery.

Safety Net Dental Clinic Manual highlights all aspects of dental clinic development as well as ongoing operations. Beginners may follow its series of steps for starting a dental clinic. Others may use selected information to improve an existing dental clinic facility or services. The searchable manual provides links to user-friendly tools, interactive worksheets, decision-making tools, and online help.

Dental Education in Care of Persons with Disabilities University of Washington offers many formats of instruction in the dental management of persons with disabilities, including Short-Term Fellowships with Stipend; Extended Variable-Length Fellowships with Stipend; Individualized Lecture/Clinical Instruction; Research Training in Rehabilitation Dentistry; Attendant and Staff Training; and Self-Directed Modules.

Gallatin Dental Alliance is made up of members from the Montana Office of Rural Health and Area Health Education Center, Gallatin City-County Health Department, MSU College of Nursing, MSU Office for Community Involvement, school nurses in Gallatin County, local dentists and their staff members, a dental hygienist, the parent liaison for the Bozeman public schools, HRDC Head Start, and other community members. The main activity of the Alliance at the present time is the school oral health screening program. This program is volunteer driven and relies upon donated time and supplies.

Head Start Oral Health Resource Guide includes journal articles and resources on children with special health care needs.

Montana Board of Dentistry Licenses dentists, dental hygienists and denturists to practice in the state.

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Health and Public Safety Division:

Oral Health Program

Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program:

Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Plan, Extended through 2010

Montana Disability and Health Program Publications:

Oral Health Program for Adults with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities: Results of a Pilot Study  Rural Disability and Rehabilitation Research Progress Report #30

Oral Health and Hygiene: Priorities for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities  Rural Disability and Rehabilitation Research Progress Report #29

Montana State University – Great Falls College of Technology, Health Sciences: Dental Assistant Program

National Dental Association Premier dental organization for ethnic minorities represents 10,000 dentists, students, hygienists, assistants, spouses, and the communities they serve. It is the parent organization of the Student National Dental Association, and umbrella to the National Dental Hygienists Association, the National Dental Assistants Association.

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).

National Maternal and Child Health Oral Resource Center

Special Care: An Oral Health Professional’s Guide to Serving Young Children with Special Health Care Needs free online course for oral health professionals (dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants), prepared by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center at Georgetown University and designed by the Center for Advanced Distance Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago with support from the MCHB. Four CE credits through the Indian Health Service or through the American Dental Hygienists’ Association are awarded upon successful completion of the course.

National Oral Health Information Clearinghouse A resource for special care patients.

Online Oral Health Tutorial for Non-Dental Professionals: The UCLID Center (LEND Program) at the University of Pittsburgh has added a section on oral health in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers and children with disabilities to its free online tutorial.  In addition to a general overview there is specific information regarding oral health in individuals with HIV/AIDS, Cerebral Palsy, and Down Syndrome.

Oral Health America Public awareness campaign provides information on legislation, oral health news, reports and other publications.

Pacific West Maternal and Child Health Distance Learning Network has developed three curricula for health professionals to strengthen nutrition services for children with special health care needs and their families as a result of a MCHB-funded distance learning grant to the University of Southern California Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in collaboration with the University of Washington Center on Human Development and Disabilities.  Suitable for LEAH, PPC and LEND interdisciplinary training. Curriculum 3 is:

Nutrition and Oral Health – Self Study Curriculum (five modules, one CEU each):  This program provides information on preventing oral health problems and providing anticipatory guidance that can be delivered by many health care providers; designed to be used as a quick reference.

Proctor and Gamble Dental ResourceNet Resources for professionals and consumers.

Smoking Cessation Leadership Center is a national program office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with support from the American Legacy Foundation. SCLC aims to decrease smoking rates and increase the number of health professionals who help smokers quit. The Center partners with dental hygienists, nurses, pharmacists, emergency physicians, hospitals, labor unions, family physicians, the Veterans Health Administration and myriad other groups to increase cessation rates and cessation interventions.

Special Care Dentistry SCD is a national organization where oral health and other professionals meet, communicate, exchange ideas, and work together to improve oral health for people with special needs. It publishes a bi-monthly journal, Special Care in Dentistry and a bi-monthly newsletter, Interface, maintains an e-mail list serve, and sponsors the annual National Conference on Special Care Issues. SCD’s fellowship programs allow practitioners to earn credentials demonstrating advanced knowledge and expertise in their fields. SCD promotes and advocates for national and local legislation and joins with other groups in coalitions on specific issues. SCD is involved in dental residency education with a strong program directors group within the American Association of Hospital Dentists component group.

Special Olympics Special Smiles  Special Smiles is a core component of the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes initiative which focuses on improving the health of Special Olympics athletes. Special Smiles provides access to dental care for athletes and others with intellectual disabilities at Special Olympics games in each state and around the world.

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Dentistry – Native American Center of Excellence Consortium.

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