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Guidelines, Resources, and Evidence-Based Best Practices for Providers

Oral health care services are provided by dental professionals, medical professionals, home visitors, and others. This compilation of resources includes guidelines, best practices, and resources for oral health providers. Please contact the Oral Health Program if you would like to submit resources for this page.

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 languages.
  • 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. All of the fact sheets are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Hmong, and Vietnamese.
  • The Community Guide:  The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a key resource that provides systematic review on oral health topics including dental caries, fluoridation, sealants, oral cancers, and craniofacial injuries.  
  • Additional oral health resources for consumers can be found on the webpage, Resources for Improving Your Oral Health.

Pregnant Women And Infants

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  • Oral Health for Infants and Toddlers - A Medical Provider’s Guide (PDF): The San Francisco Department of Public Health in collaboration with others developed this Medical Providers Guide on oral health for infants and toddlers.  It provides an overview about oral assessment, caries risk factors, fluoride, nutrition, and oral health habits.
  • Healthy Habits for Happy Smiles: The Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center’s has a repository of handouts for pregnant women and parents and caregivers of infants and young children. These handouts can be shared with families to promote good oral health.

Children and Adolescent Resources

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Water Fluoridation Resources

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 ten great public health achievements of the 20th century according to the Surgeon General 2000.  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.

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  • 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.

Oral Health Workforce Development Resources

CDPH was awarded a grant from HRSA to expand the Virtual Dental Home (VDH) system, for more information please refer to the Oral Health Project's page

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