Impacting oral health of Oklahoma children and their families through collaboration, coordination and education.

for the media

Are you writing an oral health related story? The links below will take you to reliable sources and facts.

research links

Hidden Pain: America's Oral Health Crisis - Video
Narrated by Marsha Beatty, OOHC Chair

National Children's Dental Health Month
Each February, the American Dental Association sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.
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Oklahoma State Dept. of Health - Dental Health Service
This site contains links to Third Grade Oral Health Assessment reports and the State Oral Health Plan.
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An examination of the private dental practice system and the oral health safety net in Oklahoma in the context of existing dental disparities.

Centers for Disease Control - Oral Health
This site contains national and state statistics, journal articles and publications regarding dental disease and prevention.

Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Oral Health - Fact Sheet
For the underserved and uninsured, the Health Resources and Services Administration is a safety net, delivering high quality health care for millions who lack access to primary and dental care.

HRSA Health Professional Shortage Area Database
Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) are designated by HRSA as having shortages of primary care, dental care, or mental health care providers. Use this this search tool to find specific HPSAs.

Resource for Dental Care:  Guide to Free & Low-Cost Clinics
This is a comprehensive directory of free and nonprofit low-cost dental clinics and programs throughout Oklahoma. These clinics comprise the oral health safety net in Oklahoma, serving those who otherwise would not receive the care they need.

NewMouth: Oral Health Basics

NewMouth: Common Types of Dentistry

Fluoride and Fluoridation Facts

  • Oklahoma Community Water Fluoridation Program
    The Oklahoma State Department of Health supports community water fluoridation and recognizes the practice as safe, cost-effective and beneficial to all who drink and use the water.
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  • American Academy of Pediatrics
    There is a great deal of misinformation regarding the safety and efficacy of water fluoridation. This site by the American Academy of Pediatrics Campaign for Dental Health is contains reliable and accessible facts.
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interview sources

Person / Contact Information Topics / Expertise
Jana Winfree, DDS
Chief, Dental Health Service
Oklahoma State Dept. of Health
Phone:  405-271-5502
  • Oklahoma dental statistics
  • Oklahoma programs and services
  • Water fluoridation
John Wilguess
Executive Director
Oklahoma Dental Foundation
Phone: 405-241-1299
  • MobileSmiles mobile dental program
Terrisa Singleton
Delta Dental of Oklahoma Foundation
Phone: 405-607-4772
  • Charitable dentistry in Oklahoma
  • Safety net clinics & programs
  • School-based sealant programs
  • Okla. Charitable Clinic Assoc.
Marsha Wilkes Beatty
Assistant Professor of Research
Community Dentistry Division
OU College of Dentistry
Phone: 405-271-4919, ext. 46238
  • OU College of Dentistry Community Dentistry
  • Oklahoma Oral Health Coalition