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Resources | Promising Practices

Overall health includes oral health

Oral health is an integral part of overall health. As such, delivery of oral health care must be integrated into a broader health care delivery with a focus on prevention. Since safety-net oral health programs provide services to underserved populations with a heavy burden of disease, it is important that they provide quality, evidence-based care.

These Promising Practices highlight programs that Health Centers and safety-net oral health programs have implemented to run more efficient and effective practices.

Multnomah County Health Department - HPV Dental Toolkit

This toolkit was created through a task force in partnership with the Oregon HPV Alliance, American Cancer Society, and OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. The toolkit provides resources for dental providers on HPV prevention including posters, patient education tools, provider fact sheets, and promotional materials.

A VIBRANT Approach to Early Childhood Caries in Migrant Children

In this promising practice, Finger Lakes Community Health developed and successfully implemented an innovative multifaceted program to ensure preschool, low income children of migrant and seasonal farmworkers have the ability to establish and maintain a dental home.

An Early Intervention Approach to Early Childhood Caries Prevention

This promising practice describes a pilot project that was undertaken to prevent Early Childhood Caries through early intervention at WIC appointments.

Benefits of Oral HIV Testing in the Dental Chair

This promising practice describes an initiative designed to increase the number of oral HIV testing conducted during a dental examination.

Hospital-Based Early Childhood Caries Intervention

This promising practice describes the Children’s Hospital Boston and St. Joseph Hospital’s clinical protocol, implemented to manage early childhood caries in children younger than 60 months of age using a chronic disease management approach.

Integrated Pediatric Health Home Project: A Caries Prevention Project for Pediatric Medical / Dental Patients

This promising practice describes how El Rio Community Health Center instituted an integrated, preventive approach to caries prevention utilizing the pediatric medical and dental professional staff, while simultaneously increasing access to care.

Scheduling to Increase Treatment Plan Completion Rates

In this promising practice, the dental department at Clinica Family Health Services in Denver, CO, describes how they used a quality improvement tool to implement a new scheduling template, with the goal of increasing treatment plan completion rates.

WIC Dental Days of San Luis Obispo County

This promising practice, WIC Dental Days of San Luis Obispo County, is an Early Childhood Caries prevention program focusing on improving the pivotal socio-ecological factors responsible for the development of ECC by increasing risk assessment, parental counseling, behavior modification and goal setting, preventive dental services and case management.

Bright Smiles for Bright Futures

Learn about Bright Smiles for Bright Futures, a promising practice that provides free emergency and preventive care, and up to $600 allowance for restorative and/or periodontal care for as many as 400 pregnant women per year.

Expanding Scope- The Swedish Community Specialty Clinic

This promising practice describes how Swedish Community Specialty Clinic, working in conjunction with community partners, provides complex oral surgery procedures that safety net clinics are unable to provide for their non-insured and/or low-income patients.



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NNOHA is the largest group of safety-net oral health practitioners in the country, and our members all share a commitment to increasing access to quality oral health care for underserved populations. NNOHA is committed to providing the highest quality resources and support designed to meet the unique needs of our members and their programs.

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