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

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

media releases

research links

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

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.
http://www.hrsa.gov/publichealth/clinical/oralhealth/oralhealthfactsheet.pdf

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.
http://datawarehouse.hrsa.gov/tools/analyzers/hpsafind.aspx

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.
www.ResourceForDentalCare.org

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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  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Nationwide water fluoridation statistics.
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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
Leon Bragg, DDS
Chief Dental Officer
Oklahoma Health Care Authority
Phone:  405-522-7300
 
  • SoonerCare (Oklahoma's Medicaid program) dental services
John Wilguess
Executive Director
Oklahoma Dental Foundation
Phone: 405-241-1299
Email: jwilguess@okdf.org
  • MobileSmiles mobile dental program
  • Oklahoma Charitable Clinic Association
Terrisa Singleton
Director, Oral Health Foundation
Delta Dental of Oklahoma
Phone: 405-607-4772
Email: tsingleton@deltadentalok.org
  • Charitable dentistry in Oklahoma
  • Safety net clinics & programs
  • Okla. Charitable Clinic Assoc.
  • Children's Oral Health Coalition
Patricia Christensen
Policy & Program Analyst
Oklahoma Primary Care Assoc.
Phone:  405-424-2282, ext. 118
Email: pchristensen@okpca.org
  • Federal Qualified Health Centers
  • Community Health Centers
  • Certified Marketplace Navigator
  • Children's Oral Health Coalition

Melissa Reese
Director
Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board
Dental Support Center
Phone:  405-652-9203
Email: melissa.reese@ocaithb.org

  • Tribal dental health services
  • Children's Oral Health Coalition
Marsha Wilkes Beatty
Assistant Professor of Research
Community Dentistry Division
OU College of Dentistry
Phone: 405-271-4919, ext. 46238
Email: marsha-beatty@ouhsc.edu
  • OU College of Dentistry Community Dentistry
  • Children's Oral Health Coalition