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Article Published on the Integration of Primary and Oral Health

A new article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) focuses on best practices and challenges for integrating oral health into primary care practice. “Integration of Primary and Oral Health Care – An Unrealized Opportunity” explores the solution of using a team-based approach where a variety of professionals collaborate to provide whole-person care.

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Pennsylvania Fluoride Study Featured in Journal of the American Dental Association

A Pennsylvania-based study will be featured in the upcoming August issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA). “Cross-sectional study of association between caries and fluoridated water among third-grade students in Pennsylvania,” authored by Pennsylvania Department of Health Oral Health Program epidemiologist Dr. Jun Yang, also features PCOH Executive Director Helen Hawkey as a co-author. The study found that community water fluoridation was significantly associated with a reduced risk of developing caries among Pennsylvania children.

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Oral Health and Nicotine/Tobacco Updates Available

The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) Dental Public Health Policy Committee announced a new policy statement on preventing tobacco/oral nicotine use to promote oral health. The statement provides information on the impacts to oral and overall health as well as guidance identifying effective strategies in prevention.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) released the first-ever “Clinical Treatment Guidelines for Tobacco Cessation in Adults.” The guidelines include a set of cessation interventions for adults seeking to quit all kinds of tobacco products. These guidelines are designed to help communities and governments provide the best possible support for adults trying to quit tobacco products.

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Dental Publication Focuses on Integration of Behavioral Health and Oral Health

The Journal of the California Dental Association published a special issue focused on the integration of behavioral health and oral health. The issue discuses the bi-directional relationship, a framework for integrating behavioral health and oral health in predoctoral education, and resource to support the integration of behavioral health into dental settings.

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New Resource: Using Public Health Hygienists in Health Centers

The Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC) and the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) created a resource for health centers interesting in adding a public health dental hygiene practitioner (PHDHP) to their team. The resource includes guidance on what PHDHPs are and are not permitted to do and information on employing a PHDHP in federally qualified health centers (FQHCs).

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Health Center One Step Closer to Funding for New Dental Clinic

Laurel Health Centers in Mansfield was notified that Sen. John Fetterman has advanced a one-million-dollar Congressional directed spending request to the Appropriations Committee for review on their behalf. If approved, this funding will allow Laurel Health to construct a new full-service dental clinic to provide essential dental services to patients of all ages in northcentral Pennsylvania. Families in rural areas often limit or go without access to regular dental care due to a lack of dental insurance and the high costs associated with routine cleanings and treatment. For the past several years, Laurel Health has been working diligently to bring comprehensive, affordable dental services to more underserved communities and is excited to take the next step in that journey.

National Dental and Fluoridation Associations Respond to New Fluoride Study

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently published a study that examined fluoride exposure during pregnancy. In response to the release of the study, the American Dental Association and American Fluoridation Society released statements and resources affirming support of fluoride for oral health.

Click here to read the American Dental Association statement.
Click here to read the American Fluoridation Society Key Messages.