Oral Health America Partners With Colgate For Online Training Program Promoting Prevention At Any Age

CHICAGO, January 29, 2018 – Oral Health America (OHA) and Colgate have partnered to bring OHA’s Tooth Wisdom®: Get Smart About Your Mouth oral health education curriculum to an online platform utilizing Colgate’s Oral Health Network for Professional Education and Development. This partnership allows the opportunity for oral health professionals to receive online training on how to appropriately and effectively communicate with older adults in preparation for teaching the workshop to older adult consumers.

As a part of OHA’s older adult program, the Wisdom Tooth Project®, Tooth Wisdom: Get Smart About Your Mouth is a unique oral health curriculum designed to provide older adults with a sense of self-efficacy to care for their oral health, delivered in community settings where they naturally congregate.

Often overlooked during their education, dental professionals increasingly need to consider the importance of oral health care education for older adults, and Tooth Wisdom: Get Smart About Your Mouth aspires to be the first evidence-based course of its kind. This partnership brings online training on communicating with and facilitating groups of older adults to dental hygienists and other oral health practitioners throughout the country using OHA’s proprietary curriculum.

“Colgate has been with OHA every step of the way since 2008. Bringing the Tooth Wisdom: Get Smart About Your Mouth curriculum online together speaks of the longevity of our relationship and the success of these older adult educational workshops,” said Beth Truett, President & CEO of Oral Health America. “Having piloted the curriculum in five states over three years, we are ready to take these ‘train the trainer’ materials online to a national audience.”

Launching today, the Tooth Wisdom: Get Smart About Your Mouth online modules stress the importance of prevention at any age. The online training program is broken into three modules: “Overview of Older Adults and Baby Boomers and Cultural Competency”; “Communication with Older Adults, Social, Behavioral Theories/Constructs, and Group Facilitation Skills”; “Practicum: Tooth Wisdom: Get Smart About Your Mouth”. Trainees must complete all modules and, upon payment, receive six (6) CEs and become a certified trainer, fully equipped with the materials needed to successfully present Tooth Wisdom: Get Smart About Your Mouth in their communities. A discounted launch price of $19.99 will be available until August 2018.

“The partnership with Oral Health America helps illustrate Colgate’s commitment to increasing access to quality oral healthcare, building healthy habits to change the lives of older adults vulnerable to oral diseases, and also contributes to professional education and development of dental professionals in the United States,” said Dr. Barbara Shearer, Scientific Affairs Director North America, Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals.

Hosted by Dental Tribune, Colgate’s Oral Health Network provides online training for dental practitioners. To learn more about the program, visit or


Cyndi Schu
Oral Health America
(312) 836-9900
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OHA’s mission is to change lives by connecting communities with resources to drive access to care, increase health literacy, and advocate for policies that improve overall health through better oral health for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable. Through Smiles Across America®, which serves 501,000 children annually, the Wisdom Tooth Project®, which reaches tens of thousands of older adults, and the Campaign for Oral Health Equity, which prioritizes oral health alongside other chronic diseases, OHA helps Americans of all ages to have a healthy mouth and to understand the importance of oral health for overall health. For more information about Oral Health America, please visit

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet, Hill’s Prescription Diet and Hill’s Ideal Balance. For more information about Colgate’s global business, visit the Company’s web site at

® Smiles Across America and Wisdom Tooth Project are both registered trademarks of Oral Health America