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Guidelines, Resources, and Best Practices for Providers

 This compilation of resources includes guidelines, best practices, and resources for oral health providers. Please contact the Office of Oral Health if you would like to submit resources for this page.

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General Oral Health Resources

  • National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (NMCHOH Center): The NMCHOH Center supports health professionals, program administrators, educators, policymakers, and others with the goal of improving the oral health services for pregnant women, infants, children, adolescents, and their families. The resources can be accessed in multiple language.

  • Oral Health Topics: The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research provides information on a variety of oral health topics such as diabetes and oral health, oral cancer, sealants, and much more.

  • Oral Health Fact Sheets: The California Dental Association (CDA) created factsheets for patients that address amalgam, bad breath, cosmetic dentistry, dental benefits/insurance, dental decay, dental implants, dentures, dry mouth, early childhood caries, emergencies, fluoride, general anesthesia and oral sedation, grills, grinding teeth, gum disease, meth mouth, mouth guards, new moms, nitrous oxide, nutrition, oral cancer, oral health, oral piercing, orthodontics, peer review, pregnancy, preventive care, receding gums, sealants, seniors, smokeless tobacco, whitening, wisdom teeth, x-rays, and xylitol. 

  • Additional oral health resources for consumers can be found on the webpage, Resources for Improving Your Oral Health.

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Pregnant Women And Infants

Guidelines

Literature

  • Association between Infant Breastfeeding and Early Childhood Caries (ECC) in the United States: The Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a study assessing the potential association of breastfeeding and other factors with the risk of ECC among young children.

  • Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists produced this committee opinion to express support for counseling women about the maintenance of good oral health habits throughout the lifespan as well as the safety and importance of role health care during pregnancy.

  • Women's Oral Health Concerns: Changing hormone levels during your menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause can raise your risk of problems in your mouth, teeth, or gums. Health issues such as diabetes can also affect your oral health. Regular brushing, flossing, and dentist visits can help prevent disease in your mouth and the rest of your body.

  • Prenatal Oral Health Care (PDF):  This is an Issue Brief developed by Center for Oral Health describing the importance of oral health during pregnancy.

Resources


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Children and Adolescent 

Guidelines

Resources


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Water Fluoridation 

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is an effective way to prevent and protect teeth from tooth decay.  Fluoride stops or can even reverse the tooth decay process, keeping tooth enamel strong and solid, for both children and adults. Water fluoridation ranks as one of the ten greatest public health achievements of the 29th Century according to the Surgeon General.  All drinking water naturally contains some fluoride.  Community water fluoridation is the process of adjusting the naturally occurring fluoride level to the optimum level for preventing tooth decay.  More than half (62%) of the U.S. population live in communities served by fluoridated water supplies.  Community water fluoridation has the endorsement of every major health organization in the United States and many other countries, as well as every Surgeon General for the past 50 years.  The concentration of fluoride in community drinking water is controlled within plus or minus 0.1 parts per million and represents no health hazards. Every $1 spent on fluoridation saves $38 in dental treatment costs.

Guidelines and Literature

  • Guideline on Fluoride Therapy (PDF): The AAPD issued these guidelines to help practitioners and parents make decisions concerning the use of fluoride in comprehensive oral health care for infants, children, adolescents, and persons with special health care needs.

Resources

  • American Dental Association’s Fluoridation Facts: Information from over 350 scientific references in an easy to use question and answer format on the topics of effectiveness, safety, practice, and cost-effectiveness of fluoridation.

  • California Environmental Protection Agency State Water Resources Control Board: Overview of fluoridation by public water systems, including background information on fluoridation data, most recent and historic fluoridation data, and fluoridation management and reporting.

  • CDC’s Community Water Fluoridation Fact Sheet (PDF): An evidence-based factsheet outlining why community water fluoridation is safe, effective, reduces disparities, saves money, and is a public health achievement.

  • Community Water Fluoridation Overview: The CDC developed resources that communicate the effectiveness of water fluoridation for consumers. This webpage also outlines scientific statements, statements of support from federal, state, and local agencies, basic information and safety information for everyone, and information for professionals such as the water fluoridation training program.

  • I Like My Teeth: A Campaign for Dental Health by the AAP provides information on fluoridated water to ensure that people of all ages have access to the most effective, affordable, and equitable way to protect teeth from decay.

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