Alameda County Office of Dental Health

Resources for Professionals

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American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)

Website includes resource center, publication, oral health policies and recommendation, public policy and advocacy etc. 

American Academy of Pediatrics - Children’s Oral Health

Website provides education, training, and advocacy for pediatricians, dentists, other health professionals, and families. Resources include oral care in primary pediatric care practices, payment of oral health care, water fluoridation, practice tools and more

American Dental Association

The website contains an entire section on ADA positions, policies and statements.

Association of State & Territorial Dental Directors Dental Public Health White Papers and Policy Statements

Provides detailed background information and analysis of a broad policy-related issue through documenting and summarizing key findings and implications of appropriate evidence-based research and best practices. Topics include, water fluoridation, early childhood caries, perinatal oral health, dental sealants and more.  

Bright Futures: Oral Health—Pocket Guide, 3rd edition

This pocket guide offers health professionals an overview of preventive oral health anticipatory guidance for—pregnancy and postpartum, infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence.  Casamassimo P, Holt K, eds. 2016. Bright Futures: Oral Health—Pocket Guide (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center.

California Oral Health Plan 2018-2028

Produced by the California Oral Health Program, the California Oral Health Plan 2018–2028 offers the structure for collective action to assess and monitor oral health status and oral health disparities, prevent oral diseases, increase access to dental services, promote best practices, and advance evidence-based policies. California Department of Public Health – Oral Health Program. (January 2018)

California Oral Health Program (OHP)

OHP provides strategic advice and leadership to oral health stakeholders throughout the state, building oral health workforce capacity and infrastructure, and implementing and evaluating evidence-based best practices in oral disease prevention.

California Pan-Ethnic Health Network- California Oral Health Network

California Oral Health Network provides information and resources to engage diverse stakeholders from multiple sectors and populations committed to advancing oral health equity for all.

CHDP Dental Training: Fluoride Varnish

This training is designed for local CHDP Program staff to use when training CHDP providers and provider staff, or as a CHDP provider self-training module. Made available by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).

Child Health and Disability Prevention Publications

This CHDP publication page has a variety of resources; brochures, directories, guides, manuals, procedures, letters, reports and more. Made available by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).

Community of Practice Curriculum: Continuing Education Trainings for Dental Care Providers

This training curriculum can be used by any organization or institution wishing to provide continuing education to dental providers or build the capacity of dental providers to serve dental patients of different ages. It was developed by the Office of Dental Health (ODH) in collaboration with the Pediatric Dentistry Division of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Dentistry. Download PDF

Curriculum on Dental Care Coordination

Guide for Trainers

This Guide For Trainers was developed for the Healthy Teeth Healthy Communities (HTHC) project of the Office of Dental Health (ODH) of Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD). HTHC was a Local Dental Pilot Program (LDPP) of the Dental Transformation Initiative (DTI), funded by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). HTHC project period was from April 2017 to December 2020. A dental care coordination curriculum was created and offered to community health workers called the Community Dental Care Coordinators (CDCCs) during the HTHC project period. This Guide is based on the lessons learned from the training given in 2017 and the experiences from the actual dental care coordination field-work done by the CDCCs during 2018-2020.

Fluoride Varnish: An Effective Tool for Preventing Dental Caries

Promotes the use of fluoride varnish treatment to effectively inhibits demineralization of teeth, resulting in highly significant dental caries reductions. Barzel R, Holt K with Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, Fluorides Committee. 2010. Fluoride Varnish: An Effective Tool for Preventing Dental Caries. 2010. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center.

Fluoride Varnish: A Resource Guide

Contains resources to help health professionals, program administrators, educators, parents and other promote oral health and prevent oral disease in infants, children and adolescents. 

Barzel R, Holt K, eds. 2020. Fluoride varnish and silver diamine fluoride: A resource guide. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 15 pp.

Health Disparities in the Medi-Cal Population: Dental Visits During Pregnancy

This fact sheet provides a snapshot of the utilization of oral health care services amongst pregnant Medi-Cal members from various backgrounds, compared to the state population, so that health organizations, government officials, policymakers, and advocates can better understand possible disparities. Published by California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Spring 2017

Health Tips for Families Series

These fact sheets serve as tools to help Head Start health managers provide important information to families about Office of Head Start priorities. We hope that you find them useful as you work within your programs and communities to strengthen the health and wellness of all Head Start children. Made available by Head Start; Early Childhood Learning and  Knowledge Center

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Start: Improving Oral Health for Young Children and Families Through Early Childhood Home Visiting

This brief examines how oral health is incorporated into the early childhood visiting models that serve the largest number of young children in California: Healthy Families America, Nurse Family Partnership, Parents as Teachers, Welcome Baby and Early Health Start. Kattlove Jenny. Mariani, Matthew. Velazquez, Liliana. (July 2016). Healthy Mouth, Healthy Start: Improving Oral Health for Young Children and Families Through Early Childhood Home Visiting. The Children Partnership. Los Angeles, California.

Healthy People 2030

Website contains information and resources to prevent and control oral and craniofacial diseases, conditions, and injuries, and improve access to preventive services and dental care.

Healthy Teeth Healthy Communities 2017-2020 Report

This report gives an in-depth look at the various components of the HTHC project. The project was a cross-sector collaboration that implemented a county-wide dental health care coordination system to ensure Medi-Cal eligible children (ages 0 through 20) received preventive and continuity of care dental services necessary to ensure their oral health. The success of this project was a result of established partnerships with dental providers, community-based organizations, and community clinics.

Download Report (PDF)

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

As a lead agency for scientific research on dental, oral, and craniofacial health and disease. NIDCR provides health topics information, publications, clinical trials, data and statistics, research and more.

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Alameda County Office of Dental Health

Alameda County Office of Dental Health
1000 Broadway, Suite 500
Oakland, CA 94607

Tel: (510) 208-5910 | Fax: (510) 273-3748

Alameda County Public Health Department