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Oral Health Initiative E-News - January 2010

  1. 1. Oral Health E-Newsletter January 2010AnnouncementsInterview With an Oral Health ChampionIn the NewsAwards/Funding OpportunitiesTraining and Career DevelopmentConferencesResourcesJournalsOnline NewslettersOpportunities February is National Children’s Dental Health Month National Children’s Dental Health Month is an annual observance during which dental and medical professionals focus efforts to improve the oral health of all children. Visit the AAP Oral Health Initiative Web page on National Children’s Dental Health Month to learn more about its history and to download relevant activities for children. Additional information is available on the American Dental Association Web site. January 2010 Page 1
  2. 2. ANNOUNCEMENTSA Pediatric Guide to Children’s Oral Healthhttp://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FL27D5FThe AAP Oral Health Initiative is pleased to announce the release of A Pediatric Guide to Children’s Oral HealthFlip Chart and Reference Guide. The Flip Chart supports pediatricians and other child health professionals inconducting oral health assessments and educating patients. The 8 ½ x 11 laminated spiral bound tool, designedto stand by itself, provides color photographs and text on topics such as tooth eruption and structure, cavity riskassessment, recognizing early childhood caries, anticipatory guidance, fluoride modalities and treatments,dental trauma, and oral anomalies. The Reference Guide, located in the back pocket of the flip chart, providesadditional in-depth information that answers questions the provider may have about children’s oral health.Topics covered include tooth structure, anticipatory guidance, management of oral infection and pain, dentaltrauma, tooth injury, fracture, oral soft tissue trauma, injury prevention, congenital oral anomalies and Childrenwith Special Needs. A Pediatric Guide to Children’s Oral Health Flip Chart and Reference Guide has beendeveloped with support from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau. To request one complimentarycopy, please complete the online survey and provide your mailing information.Call for Abstracts – American Public Health Association, Oral Health Sectionhttp://apha.confex.com/apha/138am/oh.htmThe American Public Health Association (APHA) Oral Health Section invites the submission of abstracts forindividual paper presentations and poster sessions for the 2010 Annual Meeting, to be held November 6-10 inDenver, CO. The theme of this meeting is Social Justice: A Public Health Imperative. Abstracts related topertinent issues in dental public health are welcomed. All applications should be submitted online, andpresenters of accepted abstracts must become individual members of the APHA and register for the meeting.The deadline for abstract submission is February 5, 2010. For questions about submission, contact Dr David PCappelli, DMD, MPH, PhD, at Cappelli@uthscsa.edu.Promoting Oral Health Through Policy and Partnerships: January E-MCH Webcasthttps://cc.readytalk.com/cc/schedule/display.do?udc=af66ng9gkhafOral Health plays a significant role in a womans quality of life, her general well-being, and her reproductivehealth. A childs oral health can also be influenced by how healthy and strong his/her mothers teeth are. Thegoal of this webcast, presented by the National Association of County and City Health Officials and CityMatCH aspart of the Emerging Issues in Maternal and Child Health Conference Series, is to convey the importance ofperinatal oral health through policy and practice, and to present novel partnerships among oral healthprograms. The Webcast will take place on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 3:00-4:30 pm EST. Speakersinclude Jessie Buerlein (Children’s Dental Health Project), Marilynn Sutherland (Klamath County HealthDepartment) and Lynn Mouden (Arkansas Department of Health). Registration is available online.Public Comment Requested on Regulations That Propose a Definition of Meaningful Use andSetting Standards for Electronic Health Record Incentive Programhttp://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2009pres/12/20091230a.htmlThe Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for HealthInformation Technology encourage public comment on 2 regulations issued on December 30, 2009 that lay afoundation for improving quality, efficiency, and safety through meaningful use of certified electronic healthrecord (EHR) technology. These regulations will help implement the EHR incentive programs enacted underthe American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The CMS proposed rule and fact sheets may be viewedat http://www.cms.hhs.gov/Recovery/11_HealthIT.asp. CMS provides a 60-day comment period on theproposed rule. The AAP will also be coordinating a response to these proposed rules, and more informationwill be forthcoming. January 2010 Page 2
  3. 3. INTERVIEW WITH AN ORAL HEALTH CHAMPION Betsy Anderson – Family Voices Overview Betsy Anderson is the mother of 3 (grown) children, one of whom has significant special needs. She became involved with the American Academy of Pediatrics a lifetime ago, as a parent, and now works on the national staff of Family Voices. Educating Parents Oral health is an area that really needs parents’ attention, especially since so much of it takes place at home! According to Ms Anderson, parents can be role models by setting examples of good oral health care, providing the rightfood and drinks for healthy teeth, and instilling routines to last a lifetime. For these reasons, and because thereis so much new information related to oral health, it is key to educate and reinforce this information withparents, as well as children.The pediatrician, of course, can be integral in the education of parents. They are in an ideal spot to conveyinformation, they know the child and family, and they can remind families about dental visits. Parents need toknow a variety of things related to oral health, such as the age at which a child should first see the dentist (a lotyounger than most families realize) and the transmission of oral disease, which they may not consider whencleaning a pacifier with saliva or sharing food. And doctors can share the good news that many oral healthproblems can be prevented with good oral health care.About Family VoicesFamily Voices works to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needsand/or disabilities. For children with special needs, the promotion of oral health is definitely a need. MsAnderson and others work to make sure this issue is on the radar screen for families, leaders in the community,and health care providers. Although parents are the ones on the front lines, addressing their children’s needsdaily, the key is building collaboration and partnership with the professionals who are so important in children’scare. In the past, parents were not always included in health care planning for their children. Now, however,parents of children with special health care needs are well-respected members of the team.Family Voices is all about information and advocacy. Sometimes providers do not include oral care on the list ofthings to address and need to be reminded of its importance. They may also need information about how toprovide this care for children whose special needs they may not be familiar with.SummaryThe recent attention to oral health is exciting. For children with special needs, however, oral health may not behigh on the list of priorities. When a child visits a number of doctors for a variety of issues, oral health mayseem like something that can be pushed to the side unless a problem arises. Family Voices wants to make itknown that oral health is important, and unlike so many things about health that cannot be changed, this canbe. Families need to be alerted to the importance of care and doctors should reinforce the ages for dental visitsand oral health risk assessments. Pediatricians can also be helpful by regularly addressing oral health andmaking the information more familiar to parents.Recommended ResourcesMs Anderson finds the following oral health resources useful: • Family Voices Oral Health Publications – This Web page provides information on dental health issues for children and youth with special needs along with oral health resources, activities, and materials. • A Healthy Smile for Your Baby – This brochure by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center includes information for parents about brushing their baby’s teeth, providing healthy foods, getting dental care for their baby, and keeping their own mouth healthy. January 2010 Page 3
  4. 4. IN THE NEWSHealthy People 2020 Goals to Emphasize Oral Health(ADA News – January 11)http://www.ada.org/prof/resources/pubs/adanews/adanewsarticle.asp?articleid=3891The American Dental Association (ADA) commended the Department of Health and Human Services foremphasizing oral health in a national goal-setting effort for the year 2020. "By retaining this emphasis on oralhealth, Healthy People 2020 will continue to inspire remedies to what former Surgeon General David Satcherreferred to as the silent epidemic of untreated oral disease in America," ADA officials said. The December 31,2009 letter offers ADA comments and observations on the goal-setting effort as well as suggested changes tothe recently announced draft objectives.Dental Phobia Is a Real Problem(Saudi Gazette – January 9)http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentID=2010010959569Dental Phobia, or the fear of dental visits, has been popularized in pop culture via comic film and cartoonscenes in which dental patients are often perceived as nervous and jittery while waiting in dental clinic waitingrooms. This kind of irrational fear does exist, however, and needle phobia and horror stories from friends orcolleagues can keep people from visiting the dentist even if they badly need treatment. Dental Phobia varies fordifferent people, depending on their experience and their nature. Dentists are trained to deal with anxious oruncomfortable patients before or during their visits. Discussing such fears with dentists or specialists aboutprevious experiences can help patients accept their fear and face it gradually. High levels of professionalismdemonstrated by the dentists can also help assuage any fears.Kids Tooth Decay Reaches an Epidemic in Australia(News.com.au – January 9)http://www.news.com.au/national/kids-tooth-decay-epidemic-forces-parents-to-pay-thousands/story-e6frfkvr-1225817515115Toddlers as young as 18 months are being forced to undergo thousands of dollars worth of dental work astooth decay reaches "epidemic" proportions. According to dental experts from the Australian Dental Association(ADA) NSW Branch, parents are spending up to $5000 on crowns for children whose teeth are deterioratingbefore they even hit preschool. Health figures show by age 5 almost 40% of children have untreated decay,while more than 30% aged 5 to 8 do not visit a dentist regularly. Children who live in communities withoutfluoride in their tap water, Aboriginal children, and children from lower socio-economic areas are much morelikely to show early signs of decay. According to Australian Dental Association (ADA) Oral Health Committeechairwoman Dr Philippa Sawyer, "Eighty percent of the decay is in 20% of the children."New Gum May Make Toothbrushing Obsolete(Cosmetic Dentistry – January 7)http://www.cosmeticdentistryguide.co.uk/news/new-gum-makes-tooth-brushing-obsolete-4431Scientists from the University of Kentucky have developed a new chewing gum which could make brushing ourteeth a thing of the past. They believe that this new gum could not only improve oral hygiene for millions ofAmericans but could improve the quality of life for US troops posted overseas, as well as children from poorcountries. The gum has been infused with an antimicrobial called KSL that helps dissolves plaque and cleansteeth. The plaque-fighting chemicals in the gum are released slowly over a 20-to 30-minute period of chewing.Night Feeding Suspected in Toddler Cavities(WCCO.com – January 5)http://wcco.com/health/toddler.cavities.dental.2.1406546.htmlAn estimated 50% of kids in the United States will have to deal with tooth decay before they turn 5. For someof those children, cavities will strike long before that. Researchers are now looking at the possibility that latenight feedings could be the culprit. Cavities from night feedings are common because so many infants andtoddlers are allowed to feed on demand while they sleep. The damage can be the same, whether it is juice,formula, or breast milk. January 2010 Page 4
  5. 5. Did Americans Get Any Healthier Over Past Decade?(Aetna Intelihealth – January 4)http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC251/333/21345/1354328.html?d=dmtICNNewsAbout 10 years ago the government set some lofty health goals for the nation to reach by 2010. As we moveinto a new decade, the government is analyzing how well the nation met the 2010 goals and drawing up newgoals for 2020. An advisory panel has recommended that these goals be more realistic and more inviting to thepublic. After more than 30 years, the goals arent well known to the public and only a modest number havebeen met. About 41% of the 1990 measurable goals were achieved. For the 2000 goals, it was just 24%. Datafor the 2010 goals is still being collected, and a final report is not due out until 2011. But it looks like the resultswill be in the neighborhood of 20%. As for the oral health goals, approximately 16% of young children haduntreated tooth decay in 2000. The target was 9%, and the latest statistic is about 20%.Tooth Decay: Take the Acid Test(The Independent – December 29)http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/tooth-decay-take-the-acid-test-1851898.htmlMost parents realize the importance of regular brushing to prevent tooth decay, but few are really aware ofanother serious and growing problem—tooth erosion caused by acidic food and drinks. Anecdotal reports fromdentists surgeries suggest that tooth erosion resulting from the outer enamel being dissolved by acids in themouth is an increasing problem. Data from the last survey of childrens dental health, involving detailedexaminations of more than 10,000 children, found a small but significant increase in erosion between 1993 and2003. It also found that tooth erosion in the permanent teeth affects more children as they get older. Dentistsrecognize 2 important causes of what they call "tooth-surface loss": 1) the chemical erosion of the surface bydietary acids and 2) physical wear from tooth-to-tooth "grinding" contact or abrasion, such as vigoroustoothbrushing. The only real solutions to dental erosion are prevention and the avoidance of frequent contactbetween the teeth and acidic drinks and foods. This also means recognizing the potential for a problem earlyenough in life to make sure it doesnt occur.Cavity Causer Goes Under the Microscope(ScienceNOW – December 24)http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2009/1224/3Scientists have now sequenced the genome of one possible cavity causer, Bifidobacterium dentium. Thisbacterium is successful because it can metabolize a wide range of sugars, survive in an acidic environment, andresist attempts to kill it with mouthwash. These nifty adaptations for living in the mouth were documented byresearchers in PLoS Genetics. B dentium sports a number of genes that increase its expression in acidenvironments, which probably helps it survive in dental cavities where acid destroys tooth enamel. B dentiummay even have evolved to protect itself against dental hygiene. (When Ventura and his colleagues grew the bugin a variety of mouthwashes and antiseptics, they found that it ramped up the activity of several genes,including those for proteins that bind up toxic compounds and render them harmless.) Now that scientists knowhow B dentium works, they may have an easier time killing it. Researchers could develop a drug, for example,that attacks an enzyme the bacterium uses to keep its internal pH under control.Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth(Business Week – December 22)http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/634190.htmlScientists have identified the way a simple amino acid makes human teeth strong and resilient. Proline isrepeated in the center of proteins found in tooth enamel. When the repeats are long, such as in humans, theycontract groups of molecules that help enamel crystals grow. When the repeats are short, such as in frogs,teeth dont have the enamel prisms that provide strength, the researchers explained. The research offers clueson how to engineer tooth enamel. "We hope that one day, these findings will help people replace lost parts ofthe tooth with a healthy layer of new enamel," lead researcher Tom Diekwisch, professor and head of oralbiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, said in a news release. But the benefits mayextend well beyond teeth and help other important areas of scientific research. The findings are published in theDecember 2009 issue of PLoS Biology. January 2010 Page 5
  6. 6. Head Count of Epidemiologists Has Dropped Since 2006(Modern Medicine – December 21)http://www.modernmedicine.com/modernmedicine/Pathology/Head-Count-of-Epidemiologists-Has-Dropped-Since-20/ArticleNewsFeed/Article/detail/649301?contextCategoryId=40137Since 2006 there has been a 10% decline in the number of epidemiologists working in state healthdepartments, according to a study published in the December 18, 2009 issue of the US Centers for DiseaseControl and Preventions Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. In 2009, compared with 2006, there werefewer state health departments that had substantial-to-full capacity to monitor, detect, and investigate healthproblems and evaluate effectiveness of population-based services, the researchers found. Whereas 76% ofdepartments had substantial capacity to deal with bioterrorism/emergency response demands in 2006, thisdeclined slightly to 73% in 2009. "More than 30 percent of states reported minimal-to-no (less than 25%)capacity to evaluate and conduct research and for 5 of 9 epidemiology program areas, including environmentalhealth, injury, occupational health, oral health, and substance abuse," the authors write. "Working together,federal, state, and local agencies should develop a strategy to address downward trends and major gaps inepidemiology capacity."Yogurt May Chase Away Bad Breath(The News – December 19)http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=214133Japanese researchers have found that eating traditional, sugarless yogurt reduces the malodorous compoundsthat cause bad breath. It also cuts down on plaque and gingivitis, they discovered. The study was presentedMarch 10, 2009, at the International Association for Dental Research annual meeting, in Baltimore, MD. Leadauthor Kenichi Hojo and colleagues from Tsurumi University in Yokohama, Japan, decided to investigate yogurtbecause of its effects in preventing gastrointestinal problems and research indicating that regular yogurtconsumption reduces the risk of dental decay. “We are thinking that yogurt must be good for oral health also,”said study co-author Nobuko Maeda, a professor of microbiology at the university.Current Status and Future Prospects of Medical Tourism from US to Border Region of Mexico(Medical Tourism Magazine – December 18)http://medicaltourismmag.com/detail.php?Req=319&issue=14Medical tourism is an increasingly popular trend that has expanded over the US/Mexican border region, with anumber of uninsured Americans opting to travel across the border to access less expensive health and dentalcare in Mexico. Medical tourism is becoming an increasingly popular trend—as many as 750,000 Americanssought medical treatment outside the United States in 2007. Medical treatment abroad also allows uninsuredpatients to afford both necessary and elective procedures that would otherwise be unaffordable out of pocket.Medical tourism patients can access medical procedures and dental work in Mexico that cost around one-third ofthe American price as well as new, unapproved treatment not available in the United States. In the field ofdentistry, laboratory costs are significantly lower in Mexico, and many dental hotspots have good laboratorieswith highly trained professionals. Mexico also has a high level of healthy competition among dentists that leadsto lower pricing. It is predicted that as more Americans learn about Mexican health care and view it as a viablealternative, there will be an upward trend in its use.Added Sugar in Raisin Cereals Increases Acidity of Dental Plaque(EurekAlert – December 18)http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-12/uoia-asi121809.phpElevated dental plaque acid is a risk factor that contributes to cavities in children. But eating bran flakes withraisins containing no added sugar does not promote more acid in dental plaque than bran flakes alone,according to new research at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Some dentists believe sweet, stickyfoods such as raisins cause cavities because they are difficult to clear off the tooth surfaces, said Christine Wu,PhD, professor and director of cariology research at UIC and lead investigator of the study. But studies haveshown that raisins are rapidly cleared from the surface of the teeth just like apples, bananas, and chocolate. DrWu says there is a "well-documented" danger zone of dental plaque acidity that puts a tooths enamel at risk formineral loss that may lead to cavities. Achint Utreja, a research scientist and dentist formerly on Wus team,said plaque acidity did not reach that point after children consumed 10 grams of raisins. Adding unsweetened January 2010 Page 6
  7. 7. raisins to bran flakes did not increase plaque acid compared to bran flakes alone; however, eating commerciallymarketed raisin bran led to significantly more acid in the plaque, reaching the danger zone identified by Dr Wu.Getting Hot for Chocolate(Owen Sound Times – December 16)http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2221753Until recently, the last pro-chocolate person youd think of was a dentist. But last year, Dr Linda Niessen, DMD,a dentist from the Baylor College of Dentistry in Texas, identified the tannins present in chocolate to bebeneficial to dental health. She explained that the tannins stop the action of the bacteria on the teeth, thusstopping cavities in their tracks. But whether a chocolate a day can keep the doctor away is still to bedetermined. Chocolate can be packed with sugar, and even experts who are less critical still point out that thesaturated fat in chocolates cocoa butter (not good fat like olive or canola oil) can do more harm than good.More Than 90% of People With Gum Disease Are at Risk for Diabetes(ScienceDaily – December 15)http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091214121440.htmAn overwhelming majority of people who have periodontal disease are also at high risk for diabetes and shouldbe screened for the disease, a New York University nursing-dental research team has found. The researchersalso determined that half of those at risk had seen a dentist in the previous year, concluded that dentists shouldconsider offering diabetes screenings in their offices, and described practical approaches to conducting thesescreenings. The survey, conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention, was designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in theUnited States. "In light of these findings, the dental visit could be a useful opportunity to conduct an initialdiabetes screening—an important first step in identifying those patients who need follow-up testing to diagnosethe disease" says Sheila M Strauss, PhD. Dentists could screen patients for diabetes by evaluating them for riskfactors such as being overweight, belonging to a high-risk ethnic group (eg, African-American, Latino, NativeAmerican, Asian-American, or Pacific Islander), having high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure, having afirst-degree relative with diabetes or gestational diabetes mellitus, or having given birth to a baby weighingmore than 9 pounds. Alternatively, dentists could use a glucometer, a diagnostic instrument for measuringblood glucose, to analyze finger-stick blood samples or to evaluate blood samples taken from pockets ofinflammation in the gums.TMJ Disorders More Frequent In Headache Patients(24-7PressRelease.com – December 15)http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/tmj-disorders-are-more-frequent-in-migraine-episodic-tensiontype-headaches-and-chronic-daily-headache-patients-sleep-apnea-is-a-tmj-disorder-tmd-and-sleep-apnea-treatment-essential-128884.phpHeadaches are primarily a disorder of the Trigeminal Nerves and the tissues they innervate. Evidence isbecoming increasingly stronger that the majority of headache patients also have symptoms oftemporomandibular disorders and that treatment of these disorders is essential to management and relief. Thisis no surprise to Chicago Neuromuscular Dentist Ira L Shapira, a Diplomate of the American Academy of PainManagement, who has created a new resource (http://www.ihateheadaches.org) for headache patients lookingto avoid a future plagued with pain. The site discusses neuromuscular dental treatment to eliminate and/orreduce these types of headaches.Caries Detection in the 21st Century(Dentistry IQ – December 11)http://www.dentistryiq.com/index/display/article-display.articles.dentisryiq.clinical.caries-detection_in.htmlWith the increased use of fluoride, the detection of caries is not as simple as it used to be. Yet in 2009 many ofus are still diagnosing caries the same way as in the early 1900s. The goal now is to be minimally invasive — tocatch caries at its earliest stages and attempt to remineralize incipient caries in teeth through the use of ozoneand MI paste. Decay is difficult to detect in radiographs unless larger than 2 mm to 3 mm deep into dentin, orone-third the buccolingual distance. An explorer has high specificity for caries but low sensitivity for the caries.This means a lot of incipient caries can be missed if we rely on an explorer and radiographs alone. There is acall in the literature for discontinuance of the use of the dental explorer for caries detection, as it may actuallycause more harm by breaking the enamel rods when forced into an incipient carious lesion. Improved ways January 2010 Page 7
  8. 8. exist for the detection of caries, including the use of devices that detect caries through fluorescence and a lowpower laser to scan the tooth for decay. New methods will soon appear to improve the dentist’s ability to detectcaries earlier than ever before. With this enhanced knowledge, dentists will be able to establish better protocolsfor caries intervention and treatment.Surgical Masks Nearly as Effective as N95 Respirators(ADA – December 10)http://www.ada.org/prof/resources/pubs/adanews/adanewsarticle.asp?articleid=3859Surgical masks appear to be nearly as effective as N95 respirators in preventing influenza in health careworkers, according to a study published in the November 4, 2009 issue of the Journal of the American MedicalAssociation. According to the researchers, the findings " apply to routine care in the health care setting . . .[and] should not be generalized to settings [in which] there is a high risk for aerosolization, such as intubationor bronchoscopy, where use of an N95 respirator would be prudent. In routine health care settings, particularlywhere the availability of N95 respirators is limited, surgical masks appear to be noninferior to N95 respiratorsfor protecting health care workers against influenza."Which Countries Have the Worst Teeth?(The Economist – December 8)http://www.economist.com/daily/news/displaystory.cfm?story_id=15060097&fsrc=nwlA chart developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development details the average numberof decayed, missing, or filled teeth in a 12-year-old for selected countries. According to this chart, Polishchildren have the worst teeth—a 12-year-old has nearly 4 teeth that are missing, decayed, or have a filling. Andalthough American adults are renowned for having perfect sets of pearly whites, the chart indicates that eachchild has 1 decayed or missing tooth. Britains children (along with Germanys) have the healthiest teeth, if notthe straightest or whitest in later life. AWARDS / FUNDING OPPORTUNITIESCommunity-based Initiatives Funding Announcementhttp://www.aap.org/commpeds/funding.htmlThe January Funding Announcement is now available on the American Academy of Pediatrics Community-basedInitiatives funding opportunities web site. Visit the Community-based Initiatives Web site and click on "MonthlyFunding Announcement".Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement FundingOpportunitieshttp://www.decipher.uk.net/Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health ImpRovement (DECIPHer), a UKCRCPublic Health Research Centre of Excellence, is offering 9 studentships on a wide range of topics including socialsciences, dentistry, medicine, law, economics, health information, public health, geography, statistics,qualitative and quantitative health services research, psychology, and sociology. The Centre is a strategicpartnership between the Universities of Cardiff, Bristol, and Swansea, in collaboration with key organizationsconcerned with public health policy and practice in Wales and the South West of England. For informal inquiriesor to discuss your own topic, please contact Lynnette Thomas at +44 (0)29 20874739 orthomaslm7@cardiff.ac.uk. The closing date for applications is January 29, 2010.HHS Announces New Health IT Workforce Grantshttp://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2009pres/12/20091223a.htmlThe Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the Department of Health andHuman Services has announced the availability of 2 additional grant programs to support the training anddevelopment of the skilled workforce required to support broad adoption and use of health informationtechnology (health IT). Authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the grants will work tohelp strengthen and support the health IT workforce. The new grant programs will award $32 million toestablish university-based certificate and advanced degree health IT training programs and $6 million dollars todevelop a health IT competency examination program. These awards, together with the previously announced January 2010 Page 8
  9. 9. $80 million in workforce program grants (ie, Community College Consortia on Nov. 24, 2009, and CurriculumDevelopment Centers on Dec. 15, 2009), recognize the critical importance of developing a well-trained health ITworkforce to support the adoption and meaningful use of health IT. Information about the HITECH grantsavailable through the workforce development program is available at http://HealthIT.HHS.gov andhttp://www.grants.gov. TRAINING AND CAREER DEVELOPMENTProtecting All Children’s Teeth (PACT): A Pediatric Oral Health Training Programhttp://www.aap.org/oralhealth/pact.cfmThe Protecting All Childrens Teeth (PACT): A Pediatric Oral Health Training Program is a 13-chapter modulethat aims to educate pediatricians, pediatricians in training, and others interested in infant, child, andadolescent health about the important role oral health plays in the overall health of patients. PACT featurestopics such as dental development, fluoride, and oral injury and includes interactive tools such as roll-overdefinitions, chapter photo galleries, and self-assessment pages. The American Academy of Pediatrics isaccredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medicaleducation for physicians. The AAP designates this educational activity for a maximum of 11.0 AMA PRACategory 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation inthe activity. This training is also available through AAP Practice Management Online athttp://practice.aap.org/content.aspx?aid=2328. CONFERENCESOral Health America’s 20th Annual Gala (Feb 24, 2010)Hotel Valencia – San Jose, CAhttp://www.events.org/cpage.aspx?e=234052010 American Dental Education Association Annual Session & Exhibition (Feb 27-Mar 3, 2010)Gaylord National Harbor – Washington, DChttp://www.adea.org/2010AnnualSession/Pages/default.aspxAmerican Association for Dental Research/CADR Annual Meeting (Mar 3-6, 2010)Washington, DChttp://www.iadr.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3859American Academy of Dental Practice Administration 2010 Annual Meeting (Mar 3-7, 2010)Indian Wells, CAhttp://www.aadpa.orgAppliance Therapy Practitioners Association Symposium (Mar 11-14, 2010)Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa – Las Vegas, NVhttp://www.atpasymposium.comEvidence-Based Dentistry Champion Conference (Mar 26-27, 2010)ADA Headquarters – Chicago, ILhttp://www.ada.org/prof/resources/ebd/conferences.asp22nd Annual Meeting on Special Care Dentistry (Mar 26-28, 2010)Swissôtel Chicago – Chicago, ILhttp://www.scdaonline.org January 2010 Page 9
  10. 10. 2010 National Oral Health Conference (Apr 26-28, 2010)Hilton at the Ball Park – St Louis, MOhttp://www.nationaloralhealthconference.comADA 24th New Dentist Conference (Jun 24-26, 2010)Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa – San Diego, CAhttp://www.ada.org/prof/events/featured/newdent/index.aspThe 26th International Pediatric Association Congress of Pediatrics 2010 (Aug 4-9, 2010)Sandton Convention Centre – Johannesburg, South Africahttp://www.ipa-world.org/IPAcongress/default.htm?ref3=db1AAP National Conference & Exhibition (Oct 2-5, 2010)The Moscone Center – San Francisco, CAhttp://www.aapexperience.orgAPHA Annual Meeting & Exposition (Nov 6-10, 2010)Colorado Convention Center – Denver, COhttp://www.apha.org/meetings RESOURCESAmerican Dental Association Health Policy Resource Center Releases Workforce Reporthttp://www.ada.org/prof/resources/pubs/adanews/adanewsarticle.asp?articleid=3892The American Dental Association (ADA) Health Policy Resource Center has released the 2009 ADA DentalWorkforce Model: 2007-2030. The report provides a long-term projection of the US dental workforce usingstatistical transition models for retirements, occupation changes, location choice, specialty education, anddeath. It also includes national projections of the number of professionally active dentists, private practitioners,dental school applicants, first-year dental school enrollments and dental school graduates up to the 2030. Topurchase a copy of the report, call 1-800-947-4746 or visit www.adacatalog.org. Cost is $80 for ADA members,$120 for nonmembers, and $240 for commercial firms, plus shipping and handling. There is also adownloadable version available for the same price, excluding shipping charges.Report Examines Medicaid’s Impact On Racial and Ethnic Disparities In Children’s Access to Carehttp://www.kff.org/minorityhealth/8031.cfmThe Kaiser Family Foundation has issued a new report that assesses Medicaid’s relative impact on racial andethnic disparities in access. The analysis compared health care access for white, African American, and Hispanicchildren who were privately insured, uninsured, or enrolled in Medicaid or the Childrens Health InsuranceProgram. According to the report, racial and ethnic disparities in access to care were no more likely amongchildren enrolled in Medicaid than among privately insured children, and insurance coverage, both private andMedicaid, improved access for children in each racial and ethnic group but did not significantly narrow racial andethnic disparities in access.New Book - Detection, Assessment, Diagnosis and Monitoring of Carieshttp://content.karger.com/ProdukteDB/produkte.asp?Aktion=showproducts&searchWhat=books&ProduktNr=248710The International Caries Detection and Assessment System (ICDAS) offers clinical criteria and codes with aframework to support and enable personalized comprehensive caries management for improved long-termhealth outcome. This book provides an up-to-date synthesis of the fields of detection, assessment, diagnosisand monitoring of caries. The available evidence is reviewed, and a summary is given of the currentinternational views on best practice of how the information collected can be collated and synthesized to informthe planning, delivery and clinical evaluation of patient-centered, comprehensive caries management. The bookalso includes a glossary of key terms developed with a number of international groups and establishes new linksbetween cariology in clinical practice, caries research, dental education and epidemiology, and dental publichealth. The book presents valuable information for practitioners and other dental health professionals with an January 2010 Page 10
  11. 11. interest in dental caries and its modern, evidence-based, clinical management as well as for all involved in thedomains of dental public health, caries research, or education.The Health and Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2007http://mchb.hrsa.gov/nsch07This publication from the Health Resources and Services Administrations Maternal and Child Health Bureau isnow available online and provides both national and state-level data on US children based on the 2007 NationalSurvey of Childrens Health. The survey collected information on 91,642 children and provides information aboutthe oral, physical, and mental health of children from birth to age 17 while also including national and state-by-state data. The survey covers a broad range of parental attitudes and assessments of other important childdevelopment benchmarks, including access to recreational facilities, school engagement, and screen-viewinghabits. Survey data books on childrens emotional and behavioral health, children with special health careneeds, and rural childrens health, all based on the 2007 National Survey of Childrens Health, will be released inthe future. A hard copy of the resource can be requested by contacting the HRSA Information Center at1-888-ASK-HRSA or http://ask.hrsa.gov.Health Heroes Video Serieshttp://pr-usa.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=307243&Itemid=29Health Heroes is an exciting and comprehensive program dedicated to defining and exploring todays latestmedical advances in all areas of health and wellness. Developed through the real life experiences of industryexperts, physicians, and their patients, this series combines scientific and clinical data with poignant storytelling, to deliver the best and most accurate information for our viewers. Production of a new episode,“Innovations in Oral Health and Cosmetic Dentistry,” is currently in the works. Future topics include Braces andOrthodontics, Periodontal Diseases, Implantology, Whitening, TMJ Disorders, and more. Broadcast is internallyscheduled for the second quarter of 2010 on a combination of national and international cable networks.Start 2010 With a Resolution for Better Dental Healthhttp://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/start-2010-with-a-resolution-for-better-dental-health-80358797.htmlThis is the time of year when we all make the same old New Years resolutions—exercise more, eat better, loseweight. What about committing to better dental health? The Academy of General Dentistrys (AGD) consumerWeb portal, KnowYourTeeth.com, is a great place to start. The portal is loaded with valuable information, frompertinent issues affecting children, teens, adults and seniors to how to find a general dentist. The most uniquefeature of the site is the Dental Diary widget, which offers up-to-date information on oral health and includes adental care calendar with individual reminders when its time to replace toothbrushes and schedule routinedental visits. It also sends notifications of upcoming dental appointments and can be uploaded to desktops orpersonal Web pages. Other useful sections include: The ABCs of Oral Health, Dental Advisor, Find an AGDDentist, Factoid of the Week, and The Life of a Tooth.AAP Web Site Offers Pediatric Health Information for Parentshttp://www.healthychildren.orgA new Web site has been designed for families seeking child and adolescent health information consistent withAAP policies and guidelines. The site contains information on more than 300 topics compiled from AAPparenting books, patient-education materials, and fact sheets. Content is organized into the following sections:Ages and Stages (prenatal to young adulthood), Healthy Living (includes oral health as a subcategory), Safetyand Prevention, Family Life, Health Issues, News, and Tips and Tools. The site is also searchable by keyword,topic, age, or gender. An Ask the Pediatrician corner provides a searchable database of current health issues.The Hot Topics area presents news and guidance on medication safety alerts, product recalls, and informationgenerated by the AAP such as new policy statements and public-awareness campaigns. Parents may also opt toregister with the site, customize their view, and receive information specific to their needs.Study Examines Use of Oral Health Services and Access to Care Among Children With AutismSpectrum Disorderhttp://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/aapd/jodc/2009/00000076/00000003/art00002Increased understanding of the barriers to oral health services for children with special health care needs hasshown that their access to services is more limited—and their needs greater—than for those without special January 2010 Page 11
  12. 12. health care needs. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) present a unique challenge, as ASD isaccompanied by significant impairments in social interaction and communication that may make providing oralhealth care in a traditional manner difficult. Determining the obstacles families face in obtaining oral health carefor their children can help to minimize the difficulties they encounter. This article, published in the September-December 2009 issue of Journal of Dentistry for Children presents findings from a study to assess the use oforal health services among children with ASD and identify barriers that affect their access to care. JOURNALSAccess (Dec 2009)http://adha.org/publications/index.htmlArticles of interest: • Instrument Management: Cleaning and Sterilization in the Dental Office: Part 2 • Commentary on “Toothpaste Use By Children, Oral Hygiene, and Nutritional Education: An Assessment of Parental Performance”American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (Vol 137, Issue 1, Jan 2010)http://journals.elsevierhealth.com/periodicals/ymod/currentArticles of interest: • Active or Passive Self-ligating Brackets? A Randomized Controlled Trial of Comparative Efficiency in Resolving Maxillary Anterior Crowding in Adolescents • Tooth-wear Patterns in Subjects With Class II Division 1 Malocclusion and Normal Occlusion • Effectiveness of Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment in Reducing Malocclusions • Young Patients Treatment Motivation and Satisfaction With Orthognathic Surgery Outcomes: The Role of “Possible Selves” • Psychosocial Impact of Hypodontia in Children • Association of Orthodontic Treatment Needs and Oral Health-related Quality of Life in Young Adults • Relationship Between Breastfeeding Duration and Prevalence of Posterior Crossbite in the Deciduous DentitionBritish Dental Journal (Vol 208, No 1, Jan 2010)http://www.nature.com/bdj/index.htmlArticles of interest: • Dentists Professional Behavioral Characteristics • Vaccine to Treat Gum Disease on the Way • Effects of New Adhesive Resin Root Canal Filling Materials on Vertical Root Fractures • Long-term Effects of Orthodontic Therapy on the Maxillary Dental Arch and Nasal Cavity • Contribution of Periodontal Disease in Pregnant Women as a Risk Factor for Low Birth Weight • Summary of Public Awareness and Social Acceptability of Dental Therapists • Revisiting the Supernumerary: The Epidemiological and Molecular Basis of Extra TeethCaries Research (Vol 43, No 6, Dec 2009)http://content.karger.com/ProdukteDB/produkte.asp?Aktion=Ausgabe&Ausgabe=253643&ProduktNr=224219Articles of interest: • Study of the Efficacy of Toothpaste Containing Casein Phosphopeptide in the Prevention of Dental Caries: A Randomized Controlled Trial in 12- to 15-Year-Old High Caries Risk Children in Bangalore, India • What Difference Does Using Bitewing Radiographs Make to Epidemiological Estimates of Dental Caries Prevalence and Severity in a Young Adolescent Population with High Caries Experience? • Validity and Reproducibility of ICDAS II in Primary Teeth • Effect of Stannous Fluoride and Dilute Hydrofluoric Acid on Early Enamel Erosion over Time in vivo • Six Months of Daily High-Dose Xylitol in High-Risk Schoolchildren: A Randomized Clinical Trial on Plaque pH and Salivary Mutans Streptococci January 2010 Page 12
  13. 13. • Effect of Various Rinsing Protocols after Use of Amine Fluoride/Stannous Fluoride Toothpaste on the Bacterial Composition of Dental Plaque • Association between Caries Experience and Body Mass Index in 12-Year-Old French Children • Randomized Equivalence Trial of Intensive and Semiannual Applications of Fluoride Varnish in the Primary DentitionClinical Pediatrics (Vol 49, No 1, Jan 2010)http://cpj.sagepub.com/content/vol49/issue1Article of interest: • Pediatrician’s Role in Children’s Oral Health: An Indiana SurveyCommunity Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology (Vol 38, Issue 1, Feb 2010)http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/COMArticles of interest: • Socioeconomic Factors in Adolescents Oral Health: Are They Mediated by Oral Hygiene Behaviors or Preventive Interventions? • Adolescent Toothbrushing and the Home Environment: Sociodemographic Factors, Family Relationships and Mealtime Routines and Disorganization • Caries and Background Factors in Norwegian and Immigrant 5-year-old Children • Factors Associated With Inter-municipality Differences in Dental Caries Experience Among Danish Adolescents: An Ecological Study • Tooth Loss and Intakes of Nutrients and Foods: A Nationwide Survey of Japanese Dentists • Assessment of the Validity of HLD (CalMod) in Identifying Orthodontic Treatment Need • Actuarial Life-table Analysis of Lower Impacted Wisdom Teeth in General Dental Practice • PUFA – An Index of Clinical Consequences of Untreated Dental Caries • The Effects of Lavender Scent on Dental Patient Anxiety Levels: A Cluster Randomized-controlled TrialContemporary Pediatrics (Dec 1, 2009)http://contemporarypediatrics.modernmedicine.com/contpeds/issue/issueDetail.jsp?sourceId=447Article of interest: • Young Girl Presents With Lesion Under Her TongueDental Clinics of North America (Vol 54, Issue 1, Jan 2010)http://www.dental.theclinics.com/currentArticles of interest: • Nonsurgical Mechanical Treatment Strategies for Periodontal Disease • Lasers and the Treatment of Chronic Periodontitis • Treatment of Gingival RecessionDental Traumatology (Vol 26, Issue 1, Feb 2010)http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118537215/homeArticles of interest: • Social Judgments Made by Children in Relation to Visible Incisor Trauma • Contradictions in the Treatment of Traumatic Dental Injuries and Ways to Proceed in Dental Trauma Research • Impact Energy Absorption of Three Mouthguard Materials in Three Environments • The Effects of Short-term Calcium Hydroxide Application on the Strength of Dentine • Factors Related to Treatment and Outcomes of Avulsed Teeth • The Unmet Treatment Need of Traumatized Anterior Teeth in Selected Secondary School Children in Ibadan, Nigeria • Retrospective Study on Traumatic Dental Injuries in Preschool Children at Kyung Hee Dental Hospital, Seoul, South Korea January 2010 Page 13
  14. 14. Dentomaxillofacial Radiology (Vol 38, Issue 8, Dec 2009)http://dmfr.birjournals.org/current.shtmlArticle of interest: • Effect of Monitor Display on Detection of Approximal Caries Lesions in Digital RadiographsEuropean Journal of Pediatric Dentistry (Vol 10, Issue 4, Dec 2009)http://www.ejpd.eu/currentissue.asp?currentissue=SArticles of interest: • Clinical Evaluation of Temporomandibular Disorders in Children and Adolescents: A Review of the Literature • Clinical Report on Plaque Formation, Distribution and Maturation Within the Primary, Mixed and Permanent Dentitions • The Dentist’s Role in Recognizing Childhood Abuses: Study on the Dental Health of Children Victims of Abuse and Witnesses to Violence • Craniofacial Morphology in Preschool Children With Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome • The Psychosocial Impact of Oral Conditions During Transition to Secondary Education • Standards for Mesiodistal and Buccolingual Crown Size and Height of Primary Molars in a Sample of Spanish ChildrenEuropean Archives of Paediatric Dentistry (Vol 10, Issue 4, Dec 2009)http://www.eapd.gr/EAPDJournal/2009v10/Issue_4/Vol_10_4_Dec_Contents.htmArticles of interest: • Treatment Strategies for Ankylosed Primary Molars • Recruiting Rural Dentally Avoidant Adolescents Into an Intervention Study • Children’s and Parents’ Attitudes Towards Dentists’ Attire • Unclassified Syndrome Involving Dental Enamel, Dentine and Lack of Tooth EruptionEvidence-based Dentistry (Vol 10, Issue 4, 2009)http://www.nature.com/ebd/journal/v10/n3/index.htmlArticles of interest: • Oral Health Promotion Initiated During Pregnancy Successful in Reducing Early Childhood Caries • Prescribing Systemic Antibiotics When Replanting Avulsed Teeth • Splinting Duration for Replanted Avulsed Teeth • Periodontal Treatment During Pregnancy Did Not Reduce the Occurrence of Poor Pregnancy Outcomes • Oral Health Promotion Programs During Orthodontic Treatment BeneficialInternational Dental Journal (Vol 59, Issue 6, Dec 2009)http://www.idjonline.org/Article of interest: • Inequality in Dental Care Utilization Among Thai Children: Evidence From Thailand Where Universal Coverage Has Been AchievedInternational Journal of Paediatric Dentistry (Vol 20, Issue 10, Jan 2010)http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/ipdArticles of interest: • The Longevity of Different Restorations in Primary Teeth • Oral Health-Related Quality of Life of Children With Oligodontia • The Oral Health Needs of Children After Treatment for a Solid Tumor or Lymphoma • Periodontal Disease in Mothers Indicates Risk in Their Children • Polarized Light and Scanning Electron Microscopic Investigation of Enamel Hypoplasia in Primary Teeth • Effectiveness of a Presentation on Infant Oral Health Care for Parents • Evaluation of Mandibular Infiltration Versus Mandibular Block Anesthesia in Treating Primary Canines in Children • Remembering and Repeating Childhood Dental Treatment Experiences: Parents, Their Children, and Barriers to Dental Care January 2010 Page 14
  15. 15. • A Comparison of Inhalation Sedation Agents in the Management of Children Receiving Dental Treatment: A Randomized, Controlled, Cross-Over Pilot Trial • Oral Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid in a 6-Year-Old Boy: Diagnosis, Treatment and 4 Years Follow-UpJournal of the American Dental Association (Vol 141, Issue 1, Jan 2010)http://jada.ada.org/current.dtlArticles of interest: • Psychological Correlates of Medical Comorbidities In Patients With Temporomandibular Disorders • Evidence Indicates Minimal Short-term Space Loss After Premature Loss of Primary First Molars • Dental Care Needs, Use and Expenditures Among US Children With and Without Special Health Care Needs • Too Much Tooth, Not Enough Tooth: Making Decisions About Anterior Tooth PositionJournal of Contemporary Dental Practice (Vol 11, Issue 1, Jan 2010)http://www.thejcdp.com/journalArticles of interest: • A Clinical Assessment of the Efficacy of a Stannous-Containing Sodium Fluoride Dentifrice on Dentinal Hypersensitivity • Incidence of Dry Socket, Alveolar Infection, and Postoperative Pain Following the Extraction of Erupted Teeth • Periodontal Bacterial Load: A Proposed New Epidemiological Method for Periodontal Disease AssessmentJournal of Dental Education (Vol 74, Issue 4, Jan 2010)http://www.jdentaled.org/content/vol74/issue1Articles of interest: • Facilitating Preceptor and Student Communication in a Dental School Teaching Clinic • An Online Multimedia Treatment Planning Tool: Effect on Dental Students’ Knowledge in Using Standardized Clinical Data • E-Teaching and Learning Preferences of Dental and Dental Hygiene StudentsJournal of Dental Hygiene (No 1, Winter 2010)http://adha.publisher.ingentaconnect.com/content/adha/jdhArticles of interest: • Oral Health: Dental Hygienists are Key • Motivational Interviewing to Decrease Parental Risk-Related Behaviors for Early Childhood CariesNew England Journal of Medicine (Vol 362, No 1, Jan 7, 2010)http://content.nejm.org/content/vol362/issue1/index.dtlArticle of interest: • Googling Ourselves — What Physicians Can Learn From Online Rating SitesOral Diseases (Vol 16, Issue 1, Jan 2010)http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118545009/homeArticles of interest: • Folic Acid and Orofacial Clefts: A Review of the Evidence • Caries Frequency and Distribution in an Early Medieval Avar Population from AustriaOral Health (January 2010)http://www.oralhealthjournal.com/issues/table_of_contents.asp?issue=01012010&RType=&PC=Articles of interest: • Infant Oral Health -- Establishing A Dental Home • Early Childhood Caries: The Dental Disease of Infants • The Infant Oral Exam January 2010 Page 15
  16. 16. Oral Health & Preventive Dentistry (Vol 7, No 4, 2009)http://ohpd.quintessenz.de/index.php?doc=toc&year=2009&issue=4Articles of interest: • Professional Toothbrushing as a Method for Diagnosing Gingivitis in 3- to 6-Year-Old Preschool Children • Differences in Oral Health Among Italian Adolescents Related to the Type of Secondary School Attended • Relationship Between Breast- and Bottle-Feeding and Non-Nutritive Sucking Habits • Restoration Margins in Young Adolescents: A Clinical and Radiographic Study of Swiss Army Recruits • Untreated Dental Caries in a Brazilian Paediatric AIDS Patient PopulationPediatric Dentistry (Vol 31, No 7, Nov/Dec 2010)http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/aapd/pd/2009/00000031/00000007Articles of interest: • Microbiological Analysis of Carious Dentin in Primary Teeth • A Practice Profile of Board Certified Pediatric Dentists Based Upon Characteristics of the Dental Home • Evaluating Childrens Reactions Prior to Anesthetic Induction • Peer Tutoring Pilot Program for the Improvement of Oral Health Behavior in Underprivileged and Immigrant Children • Pediatric Obesity Curriculum in Pediatric Dental Residency Programs • Effect on Behavior of Dental Treatment Rendered Under Conscious Sedation and General Anesthesia in Pediatric Patients • The Effect of Raisin-containing Cereals on the pH of Dental Plaque in Young Children • Medical, Nutritional, and Dental Considerations in Children With Low Birth Weight • Oral Health Knowledge of Early Head Start Staff and ParentsPediatrics in Review (Vol 31, No 1, Jan 2010)http://pedsinreview.aappublications.org/current.dtlArticle of interest: • Pediatrics in the Community: "Keep Smiling!" The Florida Fluoride Project ONLINE NEWSLETTERSADA News Today (Jan 12, 2010)http://www.ada.org/prof/resources/pubs/adanews/showarchives.asp?mcounter=0Articles of interest: • Dentistrys Voice Must Be Heard in Health Reform Policy, ADA President Says • ADA Health Policy Resource Center Releases Workforce Report • Healthy People 2020 Goals to Emphasize Oral HealthErie Family Health Center Newsletter (Dec 2009)http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs054/1102233611976/archive/1102900250003.htmlMCH Alert – Maternal & Child Health Library (Jan 8, 2010)http://www.mchlibrary.info/alert/2010/alert010810.htmlArticle of interest: • Report Provides National- and State-Level Data on Multiple Aspects of Childrens Health and Well-beingOral Health Alert: Focus on Head Start (Dec 2009)http://www.mchoralhealth.org/alert/2009/ohalert1209.htmlArticles of interest: • Caries Prevention, Risk Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment (curriculum) • Medicaid Coverage for Dental Care for Pregnant Women (policy brief) • Oral Health Resource Bulletin: Volume XXII • Oral Health Care in CSHCN: State Medicaid Policy Considerations (journal article) • Special Issue on Childrens Oral Health (journal special issue) January 2010 Page 16
  17. 17. OPPORTUNITIES PedJobs is the electronic recruitment resource for pediatrics. View available jobs or post a resume. PedJobs is found online at:National ListingsIndian Health ServiceIndian Health Service (IHS) has vacancies in facilities large and small in some of the most beautiful areas of theUnited States. Whether you choose the Commissioned Corps, Civil Service, or direct Tribal hire career path, IHShas a position that will meet your specific needs for opportunity, adventure, and purpose. There are currently116 vacancies—58 available now. Access an unofficial listing of vacancies open or soon to be open online athttp://www.dentist.ihs.gov/index.cfm?module=vacancies.National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) Job ListingsThe NNOHA Web site lists health center dental openings throughout the United States. The job list is availableat http://nnohajobbank.com/NNOHA%20Logon/Job_List.aspx.State ListingsFlagstaff, AZ—Dental Hygiene Assistant Clinical Professor Positions (Northern Arizona University)http://hr.nau.edu/m/content/view/796/549Northern Arizona University has a position open for Assistant Clinical Professor. This position is located in KeamsCanyon, AZ, with weekly travel between Keams Canyon and Flagstaff required. This position will remain openuntil further notice.San Francisco, CA—Professor and Chair, Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences andLeland A & Gladys K Barber Distinguished Professorship in Dentistry (University of California, San FranciscoSchool of Dentistry)http://www.norcalherc.org/c/job.cfm?t3169=&keywords=D-229&site_id=730&page=1&sort=relevance,date_&jb=5534818The University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry invites applications and nominations for theposition as Chair of the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences. The successful candidate willhold a Leland A and Gladys K Barber Distinguished Professorship in Dentistry and will take a strong leadershiprole in the teaching, research, patient care, and service missions of the department and school while beingresponsible for overall strategic planning and management of the department. UCSF seeks candidates whoseexperience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to UCSF’s commitmentto diversity and excellence. Applicants should e-mail a letter of interest and curriculum vitae plus the names andaddresses of 3 references to Peter B Sargent, PhD, Chair, PRDS Search Committee at peter.sargent@ucsf.eduor mail to UCSF School of Dentistry, Box 0640, 521 Parnassus St, Room C-734, San Francisco, CA, 94143-0640.Hartford, CT—Multiple Positions (Connecticut Oral Health Initiative)http://www.ctoralhealth.orgThe Connecticut Oral Health Initiative is seeking qualified applicants for the positions of Advocacy Director,Development Coordinator, and Administrative Assistant. To apply, e-mail a cover letter and resume (PDF orWord files only) to the Connecticut Oral Health Initiative at lisar@ctoralhealth.org.Indianapolis, IN—State Oral Health Directorhttps://hr.gmis.in.gov/psc/guest/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBLThe State Oral Health Director is responsible for developing strategies to improve oral health outcomes forpeople of all ages, applying resources and technical guidance for the development of community oral healthprograms, increasing access to oral health care, providing technical assistance and advice to dental providersand organizations in the protection of the public, and developing and overseeing the State Oral Health Planconsistent with national Oral Health Goals. A Masters degree in Public Health from an accredited college oruniversity or professional experience in Public Health is preferred. Responsibilities include systematic January 2010 Page 17
  18. 18. assessment of information on the oral health status of the people and trends in prevention, education, and oralhealth care delivery; promote and plan policies based on science that will prevent oral health disease; increaseaccess to oral health services; advance public and professional oral health education; develop epidemiologicsurveillance to monitor oral health status; and ensure progress toward achieving established oral healthobjectives. Qualified candidates will have 3 years full-time experience in dentistry plus 2 years full-timeexperience in public health dentistry. They must also be licensed to practice dentistry in the State of Indiana.Completion of one year of postgraduate study in Public Health may substitute for one year of the requiredgeneral practice. Interested applicants should apply before January 26, 2010.Indianapolis, IN—Various Academic Positions (Indiana University)http://www.iupui.edu/~oeo/academicjobs/acad_jobs.htmNumerous dental health positions are listed. Available jobs include: • Clinical Professor of Operative Dentistry • Assistant or Associate ProfessorsMinneapolis, MN—Various academic positions (University of Minnesota)http://www.dentistry.umn.edu/employment/home.htmlNumerous dental health positions are listed. Available jobs include: • Associate Dean for Clinic Administration and Patient Care • Research and Post-Doctoral Associates • Director, Dental Therapy ProgramNC—Dental Public Health Residency (North Carolina Oral Health Section)http://www.communityhealth.dhhs.state.nc.us/dental/residency_2.htmThe North Carolina Oral Health Section is pleased to announce that the NC Dental Public Health ResidencyProgram has received HRSA funding for a stipend and support for the residency. This is a 12 month, full-timeresidency located in the State Health Department in Raleigh, NC. Applications are being accepted from dentistswho have completed formal academic training in dental public health. The start date is negotiable for thesuccessful candidate. For more information about the NC Dental Public Health Residency Program, contactC Jean Spratt, DDS, MPH, at 919/707-5491 or Jean.Spratt@dhhs.nc.gov. Applicants should submit all materialsby March 1st of the year in which they wish to enter the residency; however, applications will be accepted untilthe position is filled.Pittsburgh, PA—Dental Informatics Research Position, University of Pittsburghhttp://di.dental.pitt.edu/postgrad.phpHelp shape the field of informatics in healthcare by training in the Biomedical Informatics Training Program atthe University of Pittsburgh. The Center for Dental Informatics is currently recruiting for a trainee (MS, PhD, orpost doctorate level) in 1 or more of the following research areas: clinical informatics, with focus on applicationsin dental care; information model and/or terminology development; 3D visualization and simulations; human-computer interaction; computer-supported cooperative work; and informatics in evidence-based healthcare. Theprogram is multidisciplinary and open to individuals with a variety of backgrounds, such as information science/computer science, dentistry, medicine, or information technology and prepares trainees for a research andteaching career in dental/biomedical informatics. Financial support from the NIDCR/NIH is available to eligibleindividuals. The program also offers a limited number of positions for self-funded trainees. Applications areaccepted immediately. Program start is August 2010, with an an additional post doctorate slot available forJanuary 2010. (Please note: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers a loan repayment program forqualifying educational loans. This program is open to trainees through a separate application and award by theNIH. The program provides a maximum of $35,000 per year for 3 years in loan repayments.)Memphis, TN—Director of the Division of Community Oral Health (University of Tennessee Collegeof Dentistry)http://www.utmem.edu/dentistry/Fac_Depts/jobs.phpThe University of Tennessee College of Dentistry invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position asDirector of the Division of Community Oral Health in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Community OralHealth. The division is responsible for instruction in dental public health, behavioral science, literatureevaluation, practice management, dental ethics and dental jurisprudence. Primary responsibilities include January 2010 Page 18
  19. 19. providing classroom instruction for pre- and postdoctoral students, scholarly and service activities, and thedevelopment, implementation and coordination of planned community-based educational and clinicalexperiences. The position is available immediately. The ideal candidate will have clinical practice and teachingexperience with demonstrated communication and leadership skills. Interested candidates should send a letterof application, curriculum vitae and 3 professional references to Dr Martin Donaldson, Chair, Search Committeefor Director of Community Oral Health, The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, 875 Union Avenue,Memphis, TN 38163 or mdonald1@uthsc.edu.International ListingsSydney, Australia—Professor and Dean of Dentistry (University of Sydney)http://tinyurl.com/dentistrydeanThe Dean is responsible for the general management of the faculty, providing leadership and support for allresearch, teaching and learning activities provided by the Faculty, overseeing the finances of the Faculty, andfor the overall supervision of its staff. The successful applicant will be a distinguished scholar and researcher ofinternational standing in a field of knowledge or clinical discipline within Dentistry, and have a breadth ofinterests and sympathy for other research interests represented in the faculty. The new Dean will be expectedto actively contribute to its work and participate in University-wide projects. An information brochure can beobtained from Kevin Mitchell, Senior Recruitment Manager, at (+61 2) 9036 7294 or srsacademic@usyd.edu.au.Inclusion in this publication does not imply an endorsement by the American Academy ofPediatrics (AAP). The AAP is not responsible for the content of these resources. Web siteaddresses are as current as possible but may change at any time. January 2010 Page 19