Understanding the communication needs of all patients is critical to providing quality oral health care. Here, we’ve compiled helpful cultural and linguistic resources to ensure the best possible communication. We’ve also included information surrounding care for a variety of patients including infants, expectant mothers and those who are medically compromised. Together, we are improving oral health care for all Californians.
By law, dental professionals in California are designated and mandated to report suspicions of patient abuse and neglect. Learn more about the cycle of violence and how to identify abuse in the April 2004 and May 2004 issues of the Journal of the California Dental Association.
No dental exam is complete without an oral cancer screening. Review the essentials of Detecting Oral Cancer, A Guide for Health-Care Professionals (National Oral Health Information Clearinghouse).
The National Cancer Institute provides resources on oral cancers.
Caries Prevention and Management
Read about the move from a surgical model of caries management to a medical model in the February 2003 and March 2003 editions of the Journal of the California Dental Association.
Access caries risk assessment tools in Caries Management By Risk Assessment (CAMBRA), including a risk assessment form for children 0-5 and CAMBRA treatment guidelines.
The ADA has developed numerous resources on dental caries. Caries risk assessment tools for children and adults can be found under the "Additional Resources" section.
Xylitol is a natural sweetener with decay-preventive qualities. .
Children’s Oral Health
The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center provides a broad range of resources to support health professionals, program administrators, educators, policymakers, researchers and others to improve oral health services for infants, children, adolescents and families.
The CDA’s Dental Health Education Resource Guide is a fun and informative way for teachers to introduce children from preschool through fifth grades to the importance of good oral health. Please let educators know they can find this guide on the CDA website.
CDA joined with 35 other dental organizations to create a simple message about the value of good oral health for children. The primary message encourages children to brush their teeth "2min2x" for two minutes, twice a day. Read more about the Partnership for Health Mouths, Healthy Lives campaign or view these short, entertaining video clips.
The California Society of Pediatric Dentistry (CSPD) advocates for the optimal oral health and general welfare of infants, children, adolescents and those with special needs.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry publishes Oral Health Policies and Clinical Guidelines on a wide range of subjects, including infant and adolescent oral-health care, behavior guidelines for pediatric patients, anesthesia issues related to pediatric care and more.
Take a closer look at the dental health of California's children in the Consequences of Untreated Dental Disease in Children put together by CDA and the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry.
Interested in working in a community clinic? Find a job or post your resume on the California Primary Care Association’s clinic career job center.
Click here for CDA's listing of dental clinics in California.
A comprehensive safety net dental clinic manual, covering everything from planning, to staffing, to clinic operations and quality improvement is available from the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center.
Many clinics are in need of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering your dental professional services, please call the clinic directly for more information.
For information about volunteering at an upcoming CDA Cares event, please visit the CDA Foundation website.
Cultural Competency and Language Assistance
TDIC provides Informed Consent forms in Spanish, Chinese and Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Tagalong and Russian.
The US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration offers cultural competency resources for health care providers.
The Management Sciences for Health offers a Providers Guide to Quality and Culture.
The National Center for Cultural Competence offers a variety of tools to increase the capacity of health and mental health programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems.
For tips on how to produce educational materials that are easy for everyone to understand, the National Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Resource Center has produced A Way with Words: Guidelines for Writing Oral Health Materials for Audiences with Limited Literacy.
The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (CLAS) provides guidance and implementation strategies for providing culturally and linguistically appropriate health care. Continuing education for oral health professionals is also available.
Spanish for Dental Professionals: A Step by Step Handbook This handbook and accompanying CD have been designed to help dentists, dental hygienists and other dental personnel communicate with Spanish-speaking patients.
¡A su salud! is a Spanish language program developed to teach health professionals Spanish language skills and promote cultural awareness. For product information or to order, visit online or call 919.962.4011.
The University of Texas Health Science Center has created a Bilingual Guide Spanish-English for the Dental Clinic. Call 210.567.3420 to order.
The Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Data Resource Center (DRC), co-sponsored by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) and the Division of Oral Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), serves as a resource for dental, oral and craniofacial data for the oral health research community, clinical practitioners, public health planners and policymakers, advocates and the public.
In 2008, ADA released Evidence-based clinical recommendations for the use of pit-and-fissure sealants.
Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH) produced Dental Sealants: A Resource Guide, 3rd Edition, which provides information about the use and application of dental sealants. The guide includes an annotated list of journal articles, materials and organizations.
Emergency Preparedness, Pandemic Influenza, and Bioterrorism
The ADA has created resources related to bioterrorism.
The National Disaster Life Support Foundation has courses that specifically address the health care profession and its response in a disaster with courses that provide training and insight for an integrated response.
Read Dentistry's Role in Responding to Bioterrorism and Other Catastrophic Events — Review of the March 2003 meeting sponsored by the ADA and the U.S. Public Health Service.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Emergency Preparedness and Response
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) provides a handbook on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Pandemic.
Be Prepared California, a California Department of Health Services website, provides guidelines and tips for disaster preparedness.
Ready America, a Department of Homeland Security website, contains comprehensive resources to assist individuals, businesses and families to be prepared for emergencies.
Access ADA’s Evidence-Based Dentistry website to keep up with the most current scientific information available for clinical decision-making.
ADA provided a chair-side guide to fluoride supplementation.
The U.S. surgeon general is a strong supporter of community fluoridation.
The best way to determine if a community's water supply is fluoridated is to call the phone number listed on the property's water bill.
Other online resources for community water fluoridation are the Centers for Disease Control’s My Water’s Fluoride and the California Department of Health Services' Fluoride table.
A brief summary of California’s government benefit programs is available here.
The Medi-Cal Dental Services Branch administers dental coverage for Medicaid recipients.
Click here for information on Medicare, Medicaid and other government-benefit programs
from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Medically Compromised and Special Needs
The ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations (CAPIR) has published a resource to help dentists receive payment for care provided in nursing homes. The publication, developed by CAPIR's National Elder Care Advisory Committee (NECAC), serves as a how-to guide for three distinct groups: dental professionals, state and county Medicaid caseworkers, and nursing home residents and their representatives.
Antibiotic Prophylaxis: Review ADA guidelines for antibiotic premedication for prevention of bacterial endocarditis and for patients with total joint replacements.
Cancer: Resources for the management of patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer may be found at the National Cancer Institute. Also available are guidelines for the care of patients undergoing radiation treatment.
Xerostomia (dry mouth) may result from medication use, autoimmune diseases such as Sjögren's Syndrome, radiation, chemotherapy or nerve damage. While this syndrome may sometimes go unnoticed, it can significantly affect oral health. For information about the diagnosis, causes, and management of xerostomia, go to The Oral Cancer Foundation, or the ADA.
The Special Care Dentistry Association website promotes the oral health of special-needs patients, offering resources for dentists caring for geriatric patients, those with developmental disabilities, and others.
The Oral Health Services for Children and Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs: Resource Guide is produced by the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health branch of the California Department of Public Health. The guide provides a list of journal articles, materials, federal agencies and national organizations that may serve as resources for optimal care. Additionally, the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center has other oral health resources, including additional resources to care for special needs patients.
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research provides information on providing oral care to people with developmental disabilities through their Practical Oral Care series.
Oral Health Fact Sheets
The California Dental Association provides oral health fact sheets in an easy-to-print format. Available in multiple languages, from Amalgam to Xylitol, you'll find it here.
Oral Health Literacy
The April 2012 CDA Journal highlights the challenges to increasing oral health literacy and national efforts (begins on page 313).
The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center has developed guidelines for writing oral health materials for limited literacy audiences. Additionally, the MCAH Oral Health Policy Center has developed a document of common themes and messages on oral health.
ADA's Health Literacy in Dentistry Action Plan 2010-2015.
In 2008, the CDA Foundation, in collaboration with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District IX, held a first-of-its-kind consensus conference on perinatal oral health. The resulting publication, Oral Health During Pregnancy and Early Childhood: Evidence-Based Guidelines for Health Professionals substantiates the relationship between overall health and oral health and provides clear direction to dental, medical, early childhood and public health professionals for the oral health care of pregnant women, infants and young children.
The National Maternal & Child Oral Health Resource Center provides several publications that address oral health care for new moms and infants.
In addition, the New York State Department of Health has developed at set of practice guidelines and recommendations intended to bring about changes in the health care delivery system and to improve the overall standard of care. Click here to view the Oral Health Care during Pregnancy and Early Childhood Practice Guidelines.
Many rural community clinics cannot provide dental services because there are simply not enough dentists. Recognizing that retired dentists represent a substantial asset to their communities, TDIC now offers liability insurance at a fraction of the cost to retired CDA dentists who volunteer their services. To be eligible for the reduced rate, licensed dentists may be reimbursed for expenses, but cannot be paid for services. If you are interested in applying for volunteer liability insurance, or want more information, call TDIC Insurance Solutions at 800.733.0633.
Help your patients become tobacco free! Find online tobacco-cessation information on U.S. Health and Human Services’ Be Tobacco Free or Smokefree.gov. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also provides resources tailored for dental professionals to help patients to quit smoking. And you can always refer your patients directly to 800.QUITNOW (800.784.8669) or 800.NOBUTTS (800.662.8887) for phone support and to set up a personalized plan to quit.