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New Resource on Nutrition and Oral Health Available

The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center recently published “Nutrition and Oral Health: A Resource Guide.” Nutrition and diet can affect overall health and well-being as well as the development and integrity of the oral cavity and the progression of oral diseases. Likewise, oral disease impacts the ability to eat and nutrition status. Caries-causing bacteria in the mouth use sugar in food to make acid that can break down tooth surfaces and create tooth decay.

Click here to view the resource.

Comments Requested on Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation In Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force seeks comments on a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on interventions for tobacco smoking cessation in adults, including pregnant persons. The Task Force recommends clinicians ask about tobacco use and connect people to proven, safe methods to help them quit. The evidence is unclear whether e-cigarettes help adults quit smoking. More research is needed on the benefits and harms of using medications to help pregnant people quit. The draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review are available for review and public comment until June 29, 2020.

Click here to view the draft statement and evidence review.

ADA Guidance Released on Patient COVID-19 Exposure After Treatment

Finding out that a patient or close family member has tested positive for COVID-10 after their dental appointment can be a cause for concern for providers and anyone else in the office who may have interacted with the patient during the appointment. The American Dental Association (ADA) created a document to help guide providers through what they should do if someone in the practice tests positive for COVID-19.

Click here to view the document.

Pennsylvania Oral Health Plan 2020-2030 Draft Published


We are pleased to present a draft of the Pennsylvania Oral Health Plan 2020-2030. We invite you to review the document and welcome any comments and suggestions on behalf of yourself or your organization.

Please submit your comments and suggestions using this link.

Comments are due by Thursday, June 25th at 12 p.m.

Keep in mind this is a high-level document. Specific programming and action plans will be established on an annual basis with continuous input from stakeholders.

We hope to continue the conversation and look forward to your participation and support for the implementation of this plan in the coming years.

Click here to view the Pennsylvania Oral Health Plan 2020-2030 Draft.
Click here to submit comments and suggestions.

Updated Pennsylvania Dental Guidance: June 3, 2020

The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued updated guidance for dental providers in the state on Wednesday, June 3.

The CDC’s Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) call last week focused on “Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response.” The call provided a great overview of the CDC guidelines for infection control in the dental office.

Click here to view the 6/3 PA DOH guidance.
Click here to watch the CDC COCA recording.

LGBTQIA+ Network Response Team Survey

The LGBTQIA-network response team with the Oral Health Progress and Equity Network (OPEN) is asking oral health care providers to complete a short survey related to the LGBTQIA community. They want to gain a better understanding of current attitudes, knowledge, and beliefs within the oral health care network.  Responses are confidential and participation is voluntary.

Click here to complete the survey.

Nicotine Dependence Strategies for Oral Health Professionals

As a reminder, PCOH is partnering with the Northwest PA Tobacco Control Program to offer “Nicotine Dependence Strategies for Oral Health Professionals.” While we prefer you complete the “Every Smoker, Every Time (ESET)” training prior to tomorrow’s live webinar, we understand that you might not have time. You can complete the training after tomorrow’s live webinar if this is an obstacle. Upon successful completion of both parts, Medicaid providers can complete a Tobacco Registry application and submit to DHS to be authorized to bill for tobacco counseling. If you are unable to attend tomorrow’s live webinar, the recording will be available on PCOH’s webinar portal in the coming weeks.
This two-part course is free of charge with 2.0 CEUs available.

Click here for more information on the process.
Click here to register for tomorrow’s live webinar at 12:30 p.m.