Oral Health America’s Webinar Series

Oral Health America's Webinar Series consists of monthly webinars to provide technical assistance and to create a forum for programs to share information about best practices and innovative projects. We offer webinars for both our Smiles Across America and Wisdom Tooth Project programs.

Upcoming Webinars

March 1, 2018, 2:00 PM CST
Iowa: An Example of an Integrated Teaching, Service & Research Geriatric Program

Presenters: Howard Cowen, DDS, MS, DABSCD & Ronald Ettinger, BDS, MDS, DDSc, DABSCD

Learning Objectives:

At the finish of this presentation the participants should understand: 

  1. The history of the development of geriatric dental programs in the USA. 
  2. How the geriatric dentistry program evolved at Iowa. 
  3. How feedback from students, graduates and faculty modified the program. 
  4. How the current interdisciplinary program has evolved and what makes it successful. 

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March 19, 2018, 2:00 PM CST
The Role of Community Health Workers in Oral Health

We will discuss the role of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in a school-based program.

Presenters: Joan Cleary & Adele Della Torre, DDS

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define CHWs role and key building blocks for field. 
  2. Describe opportunities for CHW integration in oral health. 
  3. Understand the diverse roles of a CHW in an oral health school-based program. 
  4. Advance Oral Health Equity.

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January 24, 2018, 2:00 PM CST
Pediatric Disease Management: The Role of the Dental Hygienist and Promotura de Salud in the Reduction of Childhood Caries

The presentation will embark with a discussion of the prevalence of Early Childhood Caries that is evident in children living in low socio-economic communities. It will provide an overview of statistical data found in an existing community health program verifying the need for preventive oral care intervention for the underserved children in our communities. This presentation will provide a detailed explanation of how an oral health program was implemented and orchestrated in collaboration with a local health department to expand education and prevention services to pre-school children, pregnant women and new parents. Hand-outs and educational resources will be reviewed. It also will review developmental milestones and how dental professionals can use these milestones to guide caregivers to eliminate habits that increase the risk for ECC.

Presenter: Susan Gorman, RDH, MEd

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the predictors for Early Childhood Caries at the community level.
  2. Identify developmental milestones of infants and children to enable appropriate intervention techniques to promote good oral health.
  3. Be equipped with the knowledge of how to successfully implement, manage, and evaluate a preventive oral health program for children ages birth to 5 years.
  4. Understand how utilizing a promotora de salud (community health worker) will help reduce a child’s risk for dental disease.

January 11, 2018, 2:00 PM CST
Collective Engagement: Lifelong Smiles Coalition

For viewing this webinar you are eligible to receive 1 free CE credit (this opportunity expires after July 11, 2018). After you’ve completed the webinar, email [email protected] for more information.

Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation, through collective engagement process, established a Lifelong Smiles Coalition as a public private partnership working to ensure optimal access to oral health care for older Iowans. Diverse membership of statewide coalition members are working to improve education and training, coordination and outreach, and public policies impacting older Iowans to achieve large scale system impact. Two specific programs will be overviewed during this webinar, Iowa Department of Public Health I-Smile Silver and Iowa CareGivers MouthCare Matters.

Presenters: Di Findley; Suzanne Heckenlaible, MPA; Tracy Rodgers, RDH

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will understand how the collective impact of a coalition created strategies to overcome barriers to oral health care.
  2. Participants will understand the care coordination strategies of the I-Smile Silver pilot project.
  3. Participants will understand the workforce educational strategies of the Iowa Caregivers MouthCare Matters project.

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December 14, 2017
Understanding Dental Therapy in Minnesota: A Focus on Workforce and Case Studies

For viewing this webinar you are eligible to receive 1 free CE credit (this opportunity expires after June 14, 2018). After you’ve completed the webinar, email [email protected] for more information.

The focus of the webinar will be provide better understanding of how Minnesota is currently using dental therapists. The webinar will provide an overview of how dental therapy works in Minnesota along with describing the workforce and key trends in the first years of implementation. Staff from Apple Tree dental will also discuss how they use dental therapists and outcomes of a recent case study research project.

Presenters: Deborah Jacobi, RDH, MA; Laura McLain, MPA

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the approach to dental therapy in Minnesota.
  2. Provide tangible information on the dental therapist workforce and key trends in Minnesota.
  3. Understand dental therapists' contribution to access to care in one non-profit organization.
  4. Provide highlights of recent case studies of two dental therapists.

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December 7, 2017
Fluoride in Practice: Resources from the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors

For viewing this webinar you are eligible to receive 1 free CE credit (this opportunity expires after June 7, 2018). After you’ve completed the webinar, email [email protected] for more information.

This webinar will review resources addressing key elements supporting community fluoride programs available on the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) website.

Presenters: LeeAnn Hoaglin Cooper, RDH, BS; Chris Wood, RDH, BS

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the fluoride resources available on the ASTDD website.
  2. Participants will be able to describe the process used to develop reliable and valid issue briefs and white papers, for supporting programs of fluoride use.
  3. Participants will be able to identify critical elements for cost-effective fluoride programs including: community water fluoridation, fluoride mouth rinsing, fluoride supplements, fluoride toothpaste, fluoride varnish, and or silver diamine fluoride.
  4. Participants will know how to join ASTDD.

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December 1, 2017
Dental Care and the Special Needs Patient

For viewing this webinar you are eligible to receive 1 free CE credit (this opportunity expires after June 1, 2018). After you’ve completed the webinar, email [email protected] for more information.

This webinar will assist the dental professional with providing dental care for patients with special needs.

Presenters: Tracye Moore, RDH, MS, EdD

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the patient with special needs.
  2. Identify barriers to dental care for the special needs population.
  3. Define the role of the dental hygienist in providing care for the special needs patient.
  4. List oral hygiene techniques/modifications specific for the special needs patient.

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November 28, 2017
Baby Teeth Matter: Oral Health Collaborative

For viewing this webinar you are eligible to receive 1 free CE credit (this opportunity expires after May 28, 2018). After you’ve completed the webinar, email [email protected] for more information.

This session will provide an overview of the Baby Teeth Matter Collaborative, a joint program of the Northwest Tribal Dental Support Center and ARCORA. This collaborative has successfully increased access and decreased referrals to private pediatric dentists for 0-5 year old American Indian children in the Pacific Northwest using a variety of prevention and early intervention strategies, including minimally-invasive dentistry. The session will highlight one of the communities that employed the first Dental Health Aide Therapist in the Pacific Northwest.

Presenters: Sarah Borgida, MS and Rachael Hogan, DDS

Learning Objectives:

  1. List three strategies to increase dental access for 0-2 year olds that require collaboration with medical and community programs.
  2. Describe at least two elements of minimally-invasive dentistry.

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October 23, 2017
What Every Hospitalized Patient Needs to Know: Combating Hospital Acquired Pneumonia Through Prevention

For viewing this webinar you are eligible to receive 1 free CE credit (this opportunity expires after April 23, 2018). After you’ve completed the webinar, email [email protected] for more information.

In a recent national survey, an estimated 722,000 hospital acquired infections (HAI) occur in the hospitals annually. Approximately 75,000 deaths occur yearly with one out of every 25 patients developing an HAI during hospitalization. Tied for the number one infection is health care acquired pneumonia. If you develop an HAI, your risk for readmission increases to 27 days versus 59 days. We can make a difference in preventing the invasion or halting the spread of bugs by implementing simple patient care interventions such as oral care, nutrition and mobility. This session begins with exploring why the hospitalized patient is at risk for pneumonia. An in-depth look at basic care practices that impact outcomes associated with reducing health care acquired pneumonia are outlined. Knowledge is power and an ounce of prevention is worth more than treating the complications of a health care acquired pneumonia.

Presenters: Mary Brennan, DNP, AGACNP-BC, ANP, RN; Kathleen Vollman, MSN, RN, CCNS, FCCM, FAAN

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify patients at risk for developing hospital acquired pneumonia and discover why.
  2. Outline the evidence based basic nursing practices for oral care, mobility and nutrition to reduce hospital acquired pneumonia
  3. Discuss possible barriers to changing practice and realistic solutions to assist and empower success

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Thursday, September 28, 2017
ToothWisdom.org: A Consumer Resource to Improve Older Adult Oral Health

For viewing this webinar you are eligible to receive 1 free CE credit (this opportunity expires after March 28, 2018). After you’ve completed the webinar, email [email protected] for more information.

Toothwisdom.org is a project of Oral Health America and serves both seniors and their caregivers by teaching about oral health in aging and by connecting individuals with affordable dental clinics. This webinar will provide an overview of the new tools available for older adults and their caregivers on the recently revised toothwisdom.org, and also outline the process for how to build consumer-friendly resources for an older adult population.

Presenter: Jessica Meister, Web Coordinator at Oral Health America

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the full offerings of toothwisdom.org and how these consumer resources can be used by older adults and those who care for them.
  2. Understand how dental industry professionals can utilize and distribute the resources available on toothwisdom.org.
  3. Learn about the process for creating consumer-friendly materials for the older adult population.
  4. Identify ways for organizations and individuals to partner with toothwisdom.org

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Jul 25, 2017
Leveraging Service-Enriched Housing to Improve the Health of Vulnerable Populations

For viewing this webinar you are eligible to receive 1 free CE credit (this opportunity expires after January 25, 2018). After you’ve completed the webinar, email [email protected] for more information.

Affordable and adequate housing plays a critical role in creating economic opportunity and mobility, as well as improving health outcomes. Service-enriched housing for vulnerable populations, including low-income families and individuals as well as seniors, have added value, providing supports and programming that can improve access to healthcare resources. This webinar will explore the intersection of health and housing, discussing housing as a social determinant of health and the innovation and synergies around cross-sector engagement.

Presenter: Dr. Kamillah Wood

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May 22, 2017
Leveraging Untapped Resources to Address Children’s Oral Health

For viewing this webinar you are eligible to receive 1 free CE credit (this opportunity expires after November 22, 2017). After you’ve completed the webinar, email [email protected] for more information.

SmileConnect is an online platform connecting existing dental resources and workforce capacity with children in classrooms. SmileConnect.org allows educators, school-based health centers, and community organizations to post requests for oral health resources and services, which are then made public to dental providers, dental schools, and philanthropic donors who can identify opportunities they wish to support. We will share how organizations can utilize SmileConnect to obtain dental resources for the children they serve, as well as support those in need.


  • Allyson Rogers, Health Communications Lead, Michigan Caries Prevention Program 
  • Allison Bohlen, School engagement lead, Michigan Caries Prevention Project

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how to utilize SmileConnect to obtain free dental resources
  2. Describe how the dental community and philanthropic organizations can connect with and support volunteer opportunities posted on SmileConnect.org
  3. Identify opportunities for collaboration with SmileConnect

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April 27, 2017
Moving Your School-based Sealant Program from Good to Great: CDHP Sealant Workgroup Findings & Recommendations

For viewing this webinar you are eligible to receive 1 free CE credit (this opportunity expires after October 27, 2017). After you’ve completed the webinar, email [email protected] for more information.

The Children’s Dental Health Project convened an expert panel in the fall of 2015 to develop recommendations and appropriate products to strengthen the operations and sustainability of school sealant programs. This webinar will highlight the recommendations and tools developed by the sealant work group which was just recently released.


  • Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH, Associate Director, Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin
  • Matt Jacob, Director of Communications & Outreach, Children’s Dental Health Project

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify and address the challenges associated with school sealant programs.
  2. Understand how data and policy can impact school sealant programs.
  3. Identify methods for better communicating with schools and parents/caregivers about school sealant programs.

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February 8, 2017
Cultivating Oral Health Champions

For viewing this webinar you are eligible to receive 1 free CE credit (this opportunity expires after August 8, 2017). After you’ve completed the webinar, email [email protected] for more information.

This webinar provides strategies for increasing oral health advocacy capacity in your community. In particular, the development of “Oral Health Champions” among education and social service personnel will be emphasized as a strategy for providing oral health information and resources to the public. Additionally, participants gain deeper insight regarding the theory underlying such efforts, including the non-biological determinants of oral health and mechanisms through which these can be addressed operationally.

Learning Objectives:
Discuss how biological, social, and behavioral phenomena influence health and wellness at the individual, neighborhood, and community levels.
Describe strategies that may be applied to address social and behavioral determinants of oral health at the individual, neighborhood, and community levels.
Identify types of non-dental professionals that may contribute to oral health outreach efforts.
Discuss the steps necessary to design and pilot an oral health outreach and advocacy program within a community.

Presenter: Pierre Cartier, DMD, MPH

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December 12, 2016
Oral Health & Poverty: Addressing Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Pediatric Dental Caries  (1 Free CE Credit Available)

For viewing this webinar you are eligible to receive 1 free CE credit (this opportunity expires after June 12, 2017). After you’ve completed the webinar, email [email protected] for more information.

A picture perfect smile falls out of reach for many children living in poverty. Dental caries are the most common chronic childhood illness. The burden of disease falls disproportionately on children from communities of color and of low-income. This webinar explores the connections between oral health, the social determinants of health, and poverty, and discusses advocacy strategies to promote optimal oral health for all children.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the layers of disparities within pediatric dental caries disease burden.
2. Explain the pattern of differential utilization of dental care among children and explore the contributing factors.
3. Conceptualize the social determinants of oral health and implications for disparities elimination.
4. Explore connection between adverse childhood experiences and oral health.
5. Review effective interventions and advocate action steps to reduce pediatric oral health disparities.

Presenter: Qadira Ali Huff, MD, MPH, Pediatrician at Children's Health Center- Anacostia Children’s National Health System

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November 17, 2016
The MySmileBuddy Project: Combating Tooth Decay through Technology-assisted Community Health Workers (1 Free CE Credit Available)

For viewing this webinar you are eligible to receive 1 free CE credit (this opportunity expires after May 17, 2017). After you’ve completed the webinar, email [email protected] for more information.

Are you interested in the intersection of public health policy and oral health? Hear Dr. Christie Custodio-Lumsden from the department of Social and Behavioral Research at Columbia Univeristy outline her work surrounding the federal Medicaid innovation grant that is now engaging a dozen community health workers with over 1000 Medicaid families to arrest caries progression in children with ECC.

Presenter: Christie Lumsden, PhD, MS, RD, CDN

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October 11, 2016
Brush Text: Using Multimedia Text Messaging to Improve the Oral Health of Rural Head Start Children (1 Free CE Credit Available)

For viewing this webinar you are eligible to receive 1 free CE credit (this opportunity expires after April 11, 2017). After you’ve completed the webinar, email [email protected] for more information.

Holli Seabury examines "the feasibility and effectiveness of a five week multimedia text messaging intervention, delivering messages to both parents and children, with the goal of increasing twice daily tooth brushing in preschool-aged children and self-efficacy in parents."

Presenter: Holli Seabury, CEO of McMillen Health’s Brush!

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August 24, 2016
Oral Health Policy Update

The webinar is an overview of the current children’s dental coverage landscape and updates on recent developments, including a proposed rule by the IRS that would make ACA dental coverage more affordable for families.

Presenter: Colin Reusch, MPA, Children's Dental Health Project

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May 25, 2016
HIV Infection & Oral Health (1 Free CE Credit Available)

For viewing this webinar you are eligible to receive 1 free CE credit (this opportunity expires after November 23, 2016). After you’ve completed the webinar, email [email protected] for more information.

When someone is dealing with a chronic health condition like HIV, it can be easy to overlook dental issues and oral health care. People living with HIV/AIDS experience a high incidence of common oral health problems (e.g., dental decay/cavities, gingivitis) as well as other oral health problems that are directly related to HIV infection. Between 32 and 46 percent of people with HIV will have at least one major HIV-related oral health problem—bacterial, viral, and fungal infections as well as cancer and ulcers—in the course of their disease. In addition: Poor oral health can impede food intake and nutrition, leading to poor absorption of HIV medications and leaving patients susceptible to progression of their disease. HIV medications have side effects such as dry mouth, which predisposes patients to dental decay, periodontal disease, and fungal infections. Bacterial infections (i.e., dental decay and periodontal disease) that begin in the mouth can escalate to systemic infections and harm the heart and other organs if not treated, particularly in patients with severely compromised immune systems. During this webinar viewers will review HIV epidemiology, how HIV infection is medically managed and highlights the role of the oral health professional in improving long-term health outcomes for this special population.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

      1. Further explore current HIV epidemiology in Chicago, Illinois and in the United States.
      2. Expand general knowledge of how HIV infection is medically managed.
      3. Review prevalence, sequelae and profound disparities that exist in oral health and access to care.
      4. Highlight opportunities for oral health promotion.

Presenter: Mona Van Kanegan, D.D.S., M.S., M.P.H., Staff Dentist, Erie Family Health Center

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CE credit offered* = 1

SAA Webinar: May 6, 2016
Trends in Oral Health Status and Obesity among Illinois Children: The Healthy Smile Healthy Growth Assessment

Presenter: Alejandra Valencia, Project Director of The Oral Health Forum

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SAA Webinar: April 20, 2016
Developing a District-wide Oral Health Initiative for Los Angeles Unified School District

The L.A. Trust has successfully developed a district-wide “Oral Health Initiative” to improve the oral health of our students through school-based strategies. Beginning with the establishment of a community coalition including parents, school personnel, and health providers (i.e. nurses, physicians, dentists, social services) they have developed and tested a population-based oral health prevention program in 6 elementary schools. Parent surveys assessed preventative oral health behaviors and access to oral health services. The program provided free oral health screening exams with application of fluoride varnish, as well as oral health education for students, teachers, and parents to promote oral hygiene practices and food and beverage choices. All students were referred to a community-based dental home. Students with severe dental disease requiring attention were linked to a dentist and treated immediately thanks to the care coordination from a newly funded district staff position, the Oral Health Resource Nurse. Results from screening exams, program costs and rates of reimbursement were recorded. Toolkits and web resources were developed to ensure consistency across sites. We at Oral Health America are excited to showcase our new program partner!

Presenter: Maryjane Puffer,Executive Director The L.A.Trust

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SAA Webinar: March 29, 2016
Why Won’t He Sit Still?…Because He Can’t! - A Study on ADHD

Ever wonder why some of our young patients just can’t sit still in the dental chair, or focus on what we are saying, or just brush their teeth daily like we remind them every time we see them? There may not be a simple answer to these questions if that said child has AD/HD or another comorbid disorder. This course educates the dental professional on AD/HD and provides the tools necessary to ensure a pleasant experience for these patients in the dental environment.

Presenter: Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH

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SAA Webinar: January 12th, 2016, 3:00 CST
Oral Health Literacy: the “E-way”

St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children’s Community Oral Health Initiatives and Kid Smiles have instituted an “electronically distributed” oral health literacy program with grant money provided by Oral Health America. In order to service children in grades they were not reaching in the classroom, St. Christopher’s decided to create this program in order to have a broader reach. The program is designed for teachers to use as supplements to lessons in math, reading, science and writing skills via oral health literacy activity sheets. During this Oral Health America webinar, presenters will compare the value of oral health “live” presentations to the value of electronically distributed oral health activities.

Presenter: Judy Gelinas, RDH, Director of St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children’s Community Oral Health Initiatives

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SAA Webinar: December 15th, 2015, 3:00 PM CST
Strategies to Increase Oral Health Care Access for Children in Medicaid: The Power of Collaboration

Low rates of oral health care access have serious implications for the oral and overall health of low-income children and their families. Of low income children, less than half of these children receive any dental service in a given year. They face barriers to access such as: inadequate provider participation in Medicaid; transportation; literacy and cultural barriers between families and providers; and families’ low awareness of Medicaid dental benefits and preventive oral health care guidelines. Prompted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Oral Health Initiative, state Medicaid agencies have been making efforts to improve the oral health of child beneficiaries. A critical component of their progress has been collaboration – both among stakeholders within a given state and across states. During this Oral Health America webinar, presenters will share examples of state strategies for improving oral health care access, highlighting specific collaborative efforts by the seven states that participated in the Center for Health Care Strategies’ Medicaid Oral Health Learning Collaborative from 2013-2015.

Stacey Chazin, MPH, CHES, Director of Prevention Programs
Jessica Lipper, MSJ, Program Officer

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SAA Webinar: December 10th, 2015, 3:00 PM CDT
Implications of CHIPRA: Utilization of Dental Services among Young Children (1 Free CE Credit Available)

A study has been held evaluating the impact of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) of 2010 on utilization and cost of dental services among young children. Results indicated a strong inverse association between age, dental service utilization, and total dental expenditures. Join us as we explore how CHIPRA was not found to have increased dental care utilization or decreased total dental expenditures among children age 0-5, and discuss further longitudinal study being necessary to understand the holistic impact of CHIPRA and inform future dental health policies.

Presenter: Nicole Thurlow Zautra, MPH, Doctoral Student in Health Behavior in the Department of Applied Health Science at the Indiana University Bloomington School of Public Health

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SAA Webinar: November 17th, 2015, 3:00 PM CDT
The Relationship between Oral Health and Student Performance

Future Smiles is a school based, oral health preventative care program operating in Las Vegas Nevada that is evaluating the oral health and school achievement outcomes of program participants. Join us as this webinar examines a study which compares students who received dental hygiene prevention from Future Smiles to a matched comparison group of similar students not receiving Future Smile's services.

Presenter: Terri Chandler, RDH, Founder and Executive Director of Future Smiles

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SAA Webinar: October 21, 2015, 3:00 PM CDT
Infection Control 2015: Implementing a Culture of Safety in Your Practice

The goal of an infection prevention and control program is to prevent health-care associated infections and injuries and illnesses in health-care personnel. This webinar will review a “best practices” framework for developing and managing an effective and efficient infection prevention that promotes patient and personnel safety. Strategies for ensuring compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and other relevant recommendations, regulations and standards will be a discussed. Resources from the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), promoting the “Safest Dental Visit” will be shared with participants.

Kathy Eklund, RDH, MHP, Director of Occupational Health and Safety and Patient Safety Advocate, Forsyth Institute

SAA Webinar: October 20, 2015, 3:00 PM CDT
Infection Control in Portable and Mobile Oral Healthcare Settings – Different From Private Practice? (1 Free CE Credit Available)

The goal of infection prevention and control is to prevent healthcare-associated infections in patients and injuries and illnesses among personnel. Currently, the recommended practices in the CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Healthcare Settings – 2003 are the recognized minimum standard throughout the United States. The CDC dental guideline states, “The recommended infection control practices are applicable to all settings in which dental treatment is provided.” In an effort to increase access to oral healthcare, the traditional care delivery system is being unbundled to bring care to populations where they reside, attend school or gather in community settings. These programs use portable and mobile equipment that may present new challenges and considerations for infection prevention and control. This webinar will address the current CDC infection prevention guidelines including considerations for portable and mobile oral healthcare settings.

Kathy Eklund, RDH, MHP, Director of Occupational Health and Safety and Patient Safety Advocate, Forsyth Institute

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SAA Webinar: October 13, 2015, 3:00 PM CDT
Building Consent Rates for a School-Based Dental Sealant Program

Parental consent and patient participation play a critical role in the success of a dental sealant program. Oral health literacy and positive health messages are vital to gaining participation in a school based sealant program. This webinar will lead you in the steps in building rapport and support from key school personnel, as well as, provide you with creative health promotional strategies and oral health literacy tools used to improve participation.

Kim Herremans, RDH, MS, Executive Director, Greater Tampa Bay Oral Health Coalition

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SAA Webinar: September 22, 2015, 3:00 PM CDT
Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model

Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of children between 5 and 17 years of age by helping them to establish lifelong behaviors that promote health and wellness. Schools also play a role in promoting the integration of oral health with general health and well-being. Research studies have shown a link between both general and dental health outcomes to academic success. For more than 10 years, ASTDD’s School and Adolescent Oral Health Committee has promoted the integration of oral health into a comprehensive model of school health. This webinar will review the components of their e-toolkit and provide recommendations for incorporating dental health into the CDC’s Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) school health model.


      • Lynn Bethel, RDH, MPH, Consultant and former Dental Director, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
      • Rudy Blea, Dental Director, New Mexico Department of Health
      • Julie Ellingson, RDH, Oral Health Coordinator, South Dakota Department of Health

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SAA Webinar: September 8, 2015, 3:00 PM CDT
Innovative Dental Hygiene Solutions

As dental materials evolve it is crucial for dental professionals to learn the latest trends in patient treatment. However, determining which products available are best suited to obtain predictable results is often challenging. Join us as Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc., a major sponsor for our Product Donation Project, discuss dental care products as they apply to prevention and oral health maintenance. Throughout the lecture, caries prevention as well as an in-depth view of the current fluoride varnishes Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc. has available will be discussed. This is your opportunity to learn more about Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc.’s products and how they are striving to protect your teeth.


      • Tabetha Magnuszewski, RDH, Associate Clinical Specialist, Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc.
      • Karen Stoklosa, MBA, Associate Marketing Manager, Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc.

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SAA Webinar: August 19, 2015, 3:00 PM CDT
Plaque Reduction in School Children Using a Disposable Brush Pre-Pasted with Xylitol Toothpaste

The epidemiological data from many countries indicates a global increase in dental caries in children and adults. Dr. Barry Hopper recognized the importance of this issue and has created a disposable brush pre-pasted with Xylitol toothpaste. Dr. Hopper decided to conduct a study at a small school in Eastern Tennessee where he would ask the young students to brush their teeth after lunch with his provided toothbrush. The purpose of his study was to determine if children in a school setting would accept an after lunch brushing program and if such program would be effective in reducing plaque. The students, principal, and the staff readily accepted the concept and were very cooperative and appreciative. The reduction in plaque levels was dramatic, proving the toothbrushes a success. Tune in as Dr. Hopper, along with Dr. Sharon Pickering, go in depth about this valuable study as well as the information they’ve gained from it.


      • Dr. Barry L. Hopper, DDS, FAGD
      • Dr. Sharon Pickering, Principal, North Side Elementary, Johnson City Schools, Johnson City, TN

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SAA Webinar: May 19, 2015
Improving Oral Health of Underserved Populations Using Virtual Dental Homes

The Virtual Dental Home is a system that uses telehealth-connected teams to reach underserved children and adults in a variety of community settings and provides on-site diagnostic, prevention, and early intervention services. It has been shown to be able to keep the majority of individuals in these groups healthy with services provided by dental hygienists in community locations. It also connects people with more advanced needs to dentists. This presentation will describe the system, how it works, results, and how it is spreading in the U.S.

Presenter: Dr. Paul Glassman, DDS, MA, MBA
Director, Community Oral Health
Director, Pacific Center for Special Care
University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

SAA Webinar: Apr 21, 2015
Embrace Prevention with Varnish and Sealants

Pulpdent Corporation is proud to be a premier Product Donation Project sponsor of Oral Health America! Join us for this webinar to learn about Embrace Varnish and Embrace WetBond Pit & Fissure Sealants. This program will include product updates. We will discuss the technology behind varnishes, and how to get the best results from your varnish. We will also review traditional resin dental sealants, glass ionomer dental sealants and hydrophilic resin dental sealants. This is your opportunity to learn about Embrace dental materials and technology!

Presenter: Connie Kugel, RDH, BS
Professional Relations and Marketing Manager
Pulpdent Corporation

SAA Webinar: March 25, 2015
The New Drink Pyramid

The original USDA Food Pyramid taught Americans how to make healthy food choices, but was silent on the issue of drink choices. Over time, that original pyramid (which proved effective in lowering saturated fat and cholesterol consumption and decreased US death rates for heart disease) evolved into the MyPlate icon, and for the first time, included a drink. The blue liquid in the cup simply says, “Dairy,” leaving much room for interpretation, and giving little instruction on other choices. So, what should we drink? How much? How often? The new, simple, straightforward, colorful, and fun “Drink Pyramid” gives some clear answers. Using pictures and mnemonic clues, it is easy to understand and to remember, even for children. Decreasing consumption of sugar sweetened beverages is paramount to the commitment to improve nutrition. In two pilot studies with Kentucky elementary school children, 80-90% of 1st and 3rd graders remembered every tier of the Drink Pyramid after only seeing it once, and drink choices and behaviors were improved, with children drinking more water and less soda pop. A new website www.drinkpyramid.com includes information about the new Drink Pyramid as well as curriculum that can be used in educational campaigns.

This webinar shows you how you can use the Drink Pyramid to promote healthy drink choices with this fun new graphic!

Presenter: Dr. Nikki Stone, DMD
Chair, Kentucky Oral Health Coalition
Developer, The Drink Pyramid

SAA Webinar: March 24, 2015
Confronting Challenges, Advancing Prevention

Community water fluoridation and dental sealants are two evidence-based approaches to reducing tooth decay. Although both strategies face obstacles in many communities, those barriers differ significantly. This webinar will explore these challenges, and it will share ways that the Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP) is working with other stakeholders to tackle these challenges.

Presenter: Matt Jacob, Director of Communications & Outreach, Children’s Dental Health Project

SAA Webinar: February 11, 2015
2015-2016 SAA Grant: Building Program Capacity Informational Webinar

To assist you in completing the 2015-2016 SAA Capacity Building grant application, Oral Health America will host an informational webinar that will provide perspective applicants an overview of the SAA Program and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application.

Presenter: Tina Montgomery, Programs Manager, OHA