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Getting the Word Out


SEALANTS + FLUORIDE Missouri Office of Dental Health Update by JOHN DANE, FAAHD, DABSCD


T


he Office of Dental Health (ODH) has been working to prioritize messaging for


Community Water Fluoridation (CWF) and Dental Sealants this year. These items are part of a process that will help reduce the overall dental caries rate in Missouri. Our Basic Screening Survey (BSS) of Missouri third graders showed our state caries rate of 55 percent was less than the national average, but our untreated caries rate of 29 percent was well above it. The untreated caries rate most likely indicates a lack of access to care. Improving access can take months to years. In the meantime, improving access to CWF and sealants can have an impact on the untreated caries rate by preventing caries in children.


The ODH has developed a communica- tion plan for both areas of emphasis. This includes a 22-member CWF/Dental Sealant Advisory Committee. This group is made up of MDA member dentists, dental hygienists, physicians and other interested stakeholders. Currently the group and ODH staff are meet- ing monthly via web conferencing on both subjects. This group helps review materi- als, coordinate messaging and recommends actions to improve oral health for children. Anyone interested in joining the committee can contact the ODH at oralhealth@health. mo.gov or 573-751-5874.


The ODH staff have taken action to improve messaging in this area and during December and January worked hard to enhance ODH webpages on CWF and dental sealants. They updated the materials on both to reflect cur- rent thinking and challenges. Please use these sites for easy reference on these topics.


• Dental Sealants: health.mo.gov/living/ families/oralhealth/dsp.php


• Community Water Fluoridation: health.mo.gov/living/families/ oralhealth/waterfluoridation.php


Contact Dr. Dane, State Dental Director, at john.dane@ health.mo.gov or 573-526-3838.


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ISSUE 2 | MAR/APR 2020 | focus 13


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