Oral Health Program: Resource Center

Wisconsin's Oral Health Program has gathered program and partner resources into one resource center and sorted by general topics. This all-inclusive resource center contains fact sheets, trainings and website links. Please explore each section to locate the information you find most helpful.

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General public

Below you will find oral health resources for the general public.

Children

  • Age 1 Dental Visit (PDF) (Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin Publication) Fact sheet explaining why your baby should have a dental visit by age 1, how to choose a dental provider and what to expect from the first visit.
  • Brushing for Two: Infographic, P-90033a (PDF) DHS (Wisconsin Department of Health Services) publication (English, Spanish) Fact sheet containing information on caring for your mouth during pregnancy.
  • CDC Oral Health Program for Children CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Information about tooth decay and what parents and caregivers can do to prevent it.
    • Take Care of Your Teeth (CDC publication) offers parents an interactive approach to talk to their children about ways to care for their teeth. The activity book features coloring pages, mazes, word searches, and connect-the-dots to teach children how regular oral health habits—such as brushing your teeth, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist—can help prevent cavities. The activity book is recommended for children from 3–8 years old.
  • Early Childhood Caries, P-44534 (PDF) (DHS publication) Fact sheet explaining baby bottle tooth decay, it's causes and how to protect your child's teeth. You will also learn some facts specific to Early Childhood Caries and Wisconsin.
  • Healthy Habits for Happy Smiles (Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center) (English, Spanish) This website has a series of handouts for pregnant women and parents of infants and young children that provide simple tips on oral health issues.
  • Healthy Teeth for Happy Smiles, P-44078 (PDF) (DHS publication) Brochure providing oral health tips for parents and caregivers of babies and children.
  • Medicaid HealthCheck Brochure, P-01007 (PDF) (DHS publication) Brochure explaining that your child's ForwardHealth card includes a Medicaid benefit called HealthCheck, what it means and how to schedule an appointment.
  • Mouth Healthy: Water Works (American Dental Association) It doesn’t matter if your glass is half-empty or half-full: Drinking water is always good for your health. Our bodies are made of 60% water, and staying hydrated helps your system distribute healthy nutrients, gets rid of waste, gives your skin a healthy glow and keeps your muscles moving. Sipping water is also one of the best things you can do for your teeth and body.
  • Protect Tiny Teeth, Milestones for Mini-Mouths: Infographic, P-90034a (PDF) (DHS publication) (English, Spanish) Fact sheet containing information on caring for your baby's mouth from newborn to age 1.
  • Something to Smile About, P-00221 (PDF) (DHS publication) This set of 22 slides provides parent education on children's oral health. Slides contain pictures of healthy and unhealthy baby teeth, explains how tooth decay forms and gives tips to prevent baby bottle tooth decay.
  • Understanding Use of Anesthesia and Sedation for Oral Health Services (Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center) This Brush Up on Oral Health page includes a list of questions that you can use to help ask the dentist if anesthesia or sedation should be used to treat your child's tooth decay and what type would be the safest and most effective.

Chronic disease

  • Antibiotics Before Dental Procedures, P-01966 (PDF) (DHS publication) Fact sheet with information for patients about taking Antibiotics Before Dental Procedures.
  • CDC Oral Health Program for Adults (CDC) This webpage discusses facts about adults oral health, chronic disease and what you can do to maintain your oral health.
  • Oral Health and Chronic Disease Prevention, P-02106 (PDF) (DHS publication) Fact sheet with information on the connection between oral health and chronic disease, offers tips and resources to prevent chronic disease.
  • Oral Health and Diabetes, P-00140 (PDF) (DHS publication) Fact sheet explaining diabetes as a public health issue, its relationship to oral health, and tips for maintaining a healthy mouth with diabetes. You will also learn some facts specific to diabetes and Wisconsin.
  • Oral Health and General Health, P-00159 (PDF) (DHS publication) Fact sheet explaining the relationship between general health and oral health. It talks about what diseases have oral signs and symptoms and how they can negatively impact the oral cavity. You will also learn tips for maintaining good health and what Wisconsin is doing to help.

Community water fluoridation and fluoride

Many people have questions about Community Water Fluoridation and Fluoride (DHS). Informed decisions are good decisions. Explore accurate information and learn more about the mineral fluoride and community water fluoridation.

Dental sealants

  • Dental Sealants, P-40110 (PDF) (DHS publication) Fact sheet explaining tooth decay, dental sealants and how a school-based oral health program is helping students in Wisconsin.
  • Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile (Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile) (English, Spanish) Information on Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile (SAS) local school-based oral health programs that provide preventive dental care to children in more than 850 schools across Wisconsin. Learn more about the program and sign your child up for services.

Opioids and substance use disorders

Did you know?

Opioids are not necessary for most dental pain, even surgical tooth extraction. Research shows there are safer alternatives to prescribing opioids for relief of oral pain.

  • Opioids (DHS) Information on Wisconsin's Opioid Epidemic and resources on topics such as prevention, getting help now, data and additional information.
  • Substance Use Disorders (DHS) Information on substance use disorders and how to get help.

Oral cancer

Pregnancy

Tobacco

  • Live Vape Free (Tobwis publication) Live Vape Free provides free support to teens looking to quit e-cigarettes. Teens can get started by texting VAPEFREE to 873373, and can find more information on the program at the link.
  • Live Vape Free Educational Program (DHS redirect) Parents, guardians or other adults who want to help a teen in their life quit e-cigarettes can start the Live Vape Free online course. Through the course, they’ll receive tools to help them support the teen in their life through their quit journey.
  • Tobacco is Changing (DHS) Electronic cigarettes, little cigars, smokeless products, sweet candy flavors, and new products designed to hide addiction in plain sight. The next generation of dangerous and deceptive tobacco products is here and doesn’t look anything like a pack of cigarettes. it’s tough for parents to recognize tobacco when they see it, and even tougher to talk to your kids about the terrible damage tobacco products can do. Tobacco is changing, faster than ever, parents. Let us help you keep up.
  • Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line (UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention) The Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line is a free service to help people quit smoking, vaping, or other tobacco use. The service is free 24/7 to any Wisconsin resident who is at least 13 years old.

 

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Health care professionals

Below you will find oral health resources for health care professionals.

Children

  • Age 1 Dental Visit (PDF) (Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin (CHAW) publication) Fact sheet explaining why a baby should have a dental visit by age 1, how to choose a dental provider and what to expect from the first visit.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Oral Health (American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)) Explanation of the AAP's Oral Health Initiative providing education, training, and advocacy for pediatricians, dentists, other health professionals, and families.​
  • Brushing for Two: Infographic, P-90033a (PDF) (DHS publication) (English, Spanish) Fact sheet containing information about caring for the mother's mouth during pregnancy.
  • Early Childhood Caries, P-44534 (PDF) (DHS publication) This fact sheet explains Early Childhood Caries, what causes it, and how to protect children's teeth. You will also learn some facts specific to Early Childhood Caries and Wisconsin.
  • Healthy Habits for Happy Smiles (Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center) (English, Spanish) This website has a series of handouts for pregnant women and parents of infants and young children that provide simple tips on oral health issues. Head Start and Early Head Start staff are encouraged to share the handouts with families to promote good oral health.
  • Healthy Teeth for Happy Smiles, P-44078 (PDF) (DHS publication) Brochure providing oral health tips for parents and caregivers of babies and children.
  • Medicaid HealthCheck Brochure, P-01007 (PDF) (DHS publication) Brochure explaining that a child's ForwardHealth card includes a Medicaid benefit called HealthCheck, what it means and how to schedule an appointment.
  • Oral Health Prevention Primer (AAP publication) The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Oral Health Prevention Primer is designed to help pediatricians and other health professionals address oral health in practice, understand the roles of oral health allies, and learn how to collaborate and advocate to achieve optimal oral health for their community to prevent dental disease before it starts.
  • Protect Tiny Teeth, Milestones for Mini-Mouths: Infographic, P-90034a (PDF) (DHS publication) (English, Spanish) Fact sheet containing information caring for baby's mouth from newborn to age 1.
  • Protect Tiny Teeth: Poster, P-90034 (PDF) (DHS publication) (English, Spanish) Poster illustrating the importance of caring for baby's gums.
  • Screening Resource Guide, P-00224 (PDF) (DHS publication) This oral health screening guide provides health care professionals with images of healthy teeth and oral lesions in addition to a tooth eruption chart, fluoride varnish facts and oral health tips.
  • Something to Smile About, P-00221 (PDF) (DHS publication) Set of 22 slides providing parent education on children's oral health. Slides focus on Early Childhood Caries and contain images of healthy and unhealthy teeth baby teeth, explains how cavities form and provides tips to prevent Early Childhood Caries.
  • Understanding Use of Anesthesia and Sedation for Oral Health Services (Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center) This Brush Up on Oral Health page describes anesthesia and sedation used for oral healthcare and provides a list of questions that Head Start staff can share with parents. Parents can use the list to help them ask the dentist if anesthesia or sedation should be used to treat their child’s tooth decay and what type should be used to make treatment safe and effective.

Chronic disease

  • American Association of Public Health Dentistry American Association of Public Health Dentistry aims to improve total health for all citizens through the development and support of effective programs of oral health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Antibiotics Before Dental Procedures, P-01966 (PDF) (DHS publication) Fact sheet containing information for patients about taking Antibiotics Before Dental Procedures.
  • Dementia-Friendly Dentists, P-01269a (DHS publication) 70% of those with dementia live within the community rather than in an adult care facility. Gain an understanding of the changing oral health care needs of people living with dementia and how you can help. Learn what it means to be dementia-friendly and access resources on dementia.
  • Diabetes: Dental Tips (PDF) (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research). This fact sheet can be printed or ordered for free. Check out the list of publication available on many oral health topics.
  • Nutrition Counseling for Obesity Prevention in Children: A Handbook for the Dental Community (PDF) (Temple University Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry publication) This handbook is an evidence-based resource for practicing dental professionals, oral health-related organizations, community health centers with dental clinics, and other academic programs interested in playing a role in childhood obesity prevention and comprehensive efforts to raise healthy, smiling children. This handbook is an evidence-based resource for practicing dental professionals, oral health-related organizations, community health centers with dental clinics, and other academic programs interested in playing a role in childhood obesity prevention and comprehensive efforts to raise healthy, smiling children.
  • Oral Health and Chronic Disease, P-02106 (PDF) (DHS publication) Fact sheet containing information on the connection between Oral Health and Chronic Disease, offers tips and resources for prevention.
  • Oral Health and Diabetes, P-00140 (PDF) (DHS publication) Fact sheet explaining diabetes as a public health issue, its relationship to oral health, and tips for maintaining a healthy mouth with diabetes. You will also learn some facts specific to diabetes and Wisconsin.
  • Oral Health and General Health, P-00159 (PDF) (DHS publication) Fact sheet explaining the relationship between general health and oral health, what diseases have oral signs and symptoms, can negatively impact the oral cavity tips for maintaining good health. You will also learn what Wisconsin is doing to help.

Community water fluoridation and fluoride

Community Water Fluoridation and Fluoride (DHS) are important topics for both Health Care Professionals and Water Operators. Find accurate information on the mineral fluoride and community water fluoridation, including resources for communicating with the general public on these important topics.

Data

  • National Oral Health Surveillance System (National Oral Health Surveillance System) National Oral Health Surveillance System (NOHSS) is a collaborative effort between CDC’s Division of Oral Health and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD). NOHSS is designed to monitor the burden of oral disease, use of the oral health care delivery system, and the status of community water fluoridation on both a national and state level. Data for NOHSS indicators are updated in the Oral Health Data website as new data become available.
  • Environmental Public Health Tracking System: Oral Health (DHS) Public health professionals track oral health data in order to educate their communities and plan prevention efforts. This page is for data users of the Wisconsin Environmental Public Health Tracking data portal.

Dental sealants and school-based programs

  • Dental Sealants, P-40110 (PDF) (DHS publication) Fact sheet explaining tooth decay as a public health issue in Wisconsin, how dental sealants can help and how school-based sealant programs reduce oral health disparities in children.
  • Dental Sealants: A Resource Guide (National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center) This guide features materials on policy, practice guidance, professional education and training, public education, and state and local programs to help promote the use of dental sealants.
  • Pew Charitable Trusts Report on Dental Sealants (Pew Charitable Trusts) In 2013, the Pew children’s dental campaign released a report evaluating all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their performance in sealing the teeth of low-income children. This follow-up report describes whether states have progressed on this goal, with analysis based on surveys of dental directors and state dental boards.
  • Seal America: The Prevention Invention (National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center) Seal America: The Prevention Invention is designed to assist health professionals in launching and sustaining school-based dental sealant programs. In addition to offering a step-wise approach for planning and implementing school-based dental sealant programs, this manual addresses issues related to referring students with unmet oral health needs to a dental clinic or office. Health professionals working in established school-based dental sealant programs may also find the manual of interest as they work to improve specific aspects of their program.
  • Selecting a School-Based Oral Health Care Program, P-00437 (PDF) (DHS publication) This question and answer document assists school staff in Selecting a School-Based Oral Health Care Program.
  • Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile (DHS) (English, Spanish) Information on Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile (SAS) local school-based oral health programs that provide preventive dental care to children in more than 850 schools across Wisconsin.

Infection control and prevention

 COVID-19 impact on dental health care professionals

Find guidance for Dental Health Care Professionals on COVID-19. Visit the link and scroll down to the section titled,
"Dental Health Care Professionals Guidance."

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship: Dental (DHS) Dentists account for 1 in 10 antibiotic prescriptions in the outpatient setting. The scope of antibiotic prescribing and use in the dental setting makes it an ongoing area of focus for antibiotic use tracking and evidence-based prescribing reduction. This webpage contains guidance, resources, and printable materials for dental professionals.
  • Boil Water Advisory Toolkit-OSAP (Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP)) Toolkit for safe drinking water in dental offices. It contains regulations and guidelines, best practices, instructional resources and patient resources.
  • Boil Water-Dental Office Guidance (OSAP publication) Dental office guidance quick reference containing information for while under a boil-water advisory and after the boil-water advisory is lifted.
  • Infection Control in Dental Settings, P-01808 (PDF) (DHS publication) This checklist serves as a reminder of the CDC Infection Prevention Guidelines and Recommendations for Dental Settings and provides links to the guidelines and CDC DentalCheck App.

Opioids and substance use disorders

UW Addiction Consultation Provider Hotline (DHS and UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health) The UW Addiction Consultation Provider Hotline offers on-call help to health care providers seeking support and direction in treating their patients’ substance use problems. Hotline available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Madison area providers call: 608-263-3260

Statewide providers call: 1-800-472-0111

When making a call please request to speak with the addiction medicine provider on-call. All calls are returned within 15 minutes.

  • Opioids: Professionals (DHS) More information on Wisconsin's Opioid Epidemic and on topics such as prevention, getting help now, data and additional resources for professionals.
  • Opioids and Children and Adolescents: Information for Oral Health Professionals (PDF) (National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center publication) Publication describing recent research and best practices for pain management in children and adolescents and where to find more evidence-based resources.
  • Oral Health Program: Opioids and Substance Use Disorders (DHS) Provides information for oral health professionals providing services that respect the health and dignity of people who use alcohol, opioids, tobacco, and other substances. Wisconsin's Oral Health Program understands that all people have unique needs. Find information on knowing what to say, how to prescribe, or where to find support when needed.
  • Prescribing Opioids for Women of Reproductive Age: Information for Dentists (PDF) (National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center publication) Publication describing best practices for pain management in pregnant women, guidelines for prescribing opioids and description of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome.
  • Safe Opioid Prescribing for Acute Dental Pain (Boston University Training-1 CE credit for dentists) This program outlines opioid prescribing principles for general dentists and dental specialists and covers the safe and competent use of opioids for managing acute moderate to severe dental pain.
  • Substance Use: Partner/Provider Services (DHS) A webpage for health care professionals who provide substance use services and are seeking support and direction to treat patients with substance use issues. You will find information on hotlines, data, rules and regulations and professional training opportunities.
  • Wisconsin Dentistry Examining Board Best Practices for Prescribing Controlled Substances Guidelines (PDF) (Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) publication) This publication is Wisconsin Dentistry Examining Board's legal guidance to dentists for prescribing controlled substances.

Oral cancer

Pregnancy

  • Brushing for Two: Poster, P-90033 (PDF) (DHS publication) (English, Spanish) This poster reminds pregnant women to get a dental check-up before delivery.
  • Dental Care During Pregnancy is Safe and Important (PDF) (American Academy of Pediatrics and Children's Dental Health Project Publication) This fact sheet explains the safety and importance of dental care during pregnancy and provides tips on oral care.
  • Oral Health Campaign Toolkit (AAP) Oral health during pregnancy and infancy is especially important to set little ones up for a lifetime of good health. This customizable toolkit contains materials for both patient outreach and education around oral health as well as clinical resources to help integrate oral health into your practice. The toolkit has four waiting room posters, three infographics, one brochure, dental referral forms, a conversation guide, an oral health screener, and an integration workflow. Most states cover dental care under Medicaid during pregnancy. If your state is among them, you'll find state-specific resources in the toolkit. If not, select "Generic" in the drop-down menu.
  • Oral Health During Pregnancy, P-00137 (PDF) (DHS publication) Learn how oral health changes during pregnancy, understand why your oral health matters, and find tips to keep you and your baby healthy.
  • Provider Guide: Questions Moms are Asking About Oral Health, P-90032 (PDF) (DHS publication) (English, Spanish) This brochure answers questions about oral health during pregnancy and caring for an infant's mouth.

Tobacco

  • Live Vape Free (Tobwis publication) Parents, guardians or other adults who want to help a teen in their life quit e-cigarettes can start the Live Vape Free online course. Through the course, they’ll receive tools to help them support the teen in their life through their quit journey.
  • Live Vape Free- Teen Poster (Tobwis publication) Printable poster for teens. Live Vape Free provides free support to teens looking to quit e-cigarettes. Teens can get started by texting VAPEFREE to 873373, and can find more information on the program at the link.
  • Tobacco is Changing (DHS) Information on how Tobacco is Changing, identifying new products, understand marketing tactics, tobacco data and how to talk to kids about tobacco.
  • Tobwis (Tobwis) Online resource center that provides tips and tools for Wisconsin’s tobacco prevention and control movement. Check out the Orientation Toolkit for an overview of priority information and resources for tobacco prevention control in Wisconsin.
  • UW-CTRI Treatment by Specialty (University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (UW-CTRI)) This website has tobacco treatment resources for dentists and dental hygienists including trainings, toolkits, videos, and fact sheets.
  • Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line (UW-CTRI) The Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line is a free service to help people quit smoking, vaping, or other tobacco use. The service is free 24/7 to any Wisconsin resident who is at least 13 years old. It also includes resources for clinicians and advocates.

Workforce

Dental hygienist career opportunities

The Wisconsin Oral Health Program partnered with dental hygienists on a webinar series offering a glimpse into career opportunities available to Licensed Dental Hygienists in Wisconsin. Each hygienist shares their unique story. You will know what inspires them; understand their passion for their work and the patients they serve; and will learn helpful information for anyone interested in a career in similar practice settings.

  • Dental Hygiene in Wisconsin (DHS) is the best place to start if you are exploring dental career options or have a dental hygiene license from another state and want to practice in WI. Learn about education, WI licensing, scope of practice, supervision, compensation and more.
  • Dental Hygiene in Wisconsin: Local Health Department (DHS) provides an opportunity to understand public health hygienists and their varying roles. Public health hygienists may interact with patients in a school, senior center, or other community location. They help patients get dental care and may even learn expanded skills like teaching CPR, planning for emergencies, and responding to the community’s unique needs.
  • Hygienists in Medical Dental Integration (DHS) reminds us that oral health is part of overall health. Not all patients see a dentist first. What happens when patients arrive for a medical visit with dental problems? Hygienists in medical settings often educate pregnant moms, see children during well child visits, and consult with urgent care doctors on dental related concerns. Having a dental hygienist in the medical office can streamline care, help reduce emergency department visits related to tooth or mouth pain and impact overall health outcomes.
  • Oh, Get a Job, Already! What is dental hygiene? (DHS) Direct access dental hygienist, JenJen Reed, shares how mentors helped spark and encourage her dream career. As a first-generation Asian American she faced many barriers. By allowing her passion to lead, she became the first of her generation to start her own hygiene business serving medically compromised adults in Wisconsin nursing homes.
  • Wi RDH: School-Based Setting (DHS) teaches the value of dental hygienists in school-based settings. Many children have trouble accessing dental care but, bringing dental services into schools can help. Since all programs differ, networking with others in your community is key to strengthening each one and helping more children. Learn tips for getting started, realistic timelines, best practices and understand unique considerations for business ownership.
  • WI Dental Hygienist in a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (DHS) offers insight into an amazing life and career journey as it overlaps to cross oceans, remove language and cultural barriers, and find solid footing as part of a comprehensive team addressing a variety of healthcare needs for patients. Learn that opportunities for dental hygienists seem endless. They can work in a dental office, mobile dentistry program, be a language translator or even help a single mom receive life-saving cancer treatment. Sometimes, it is all part of an overlapping journey that fills one’s heart to overflowing.

 

  • Health Equity Guiding Principles for Inclusive Communication CDC’s Health Equity Guiding Principles for Inclusive Communication emphasize the importance of addressing all people inclusively and respectfully. These principles are intended to help public health professionals, particularly health communicators, within and outside of CDC ensure their communication products and strategies adapt to the specific cultural, linguistic, environmental, and historical situation of each population or audience of focus.
  • The Ins, Outs and In-Between: How Dental Medicaid Works and How It Can Work for You (ADA training- 1 CE credit) Dental Medicaid benefits can be a confusing process, but that doesn’t mean your bottom line can’t benefit from participation. Being a Medicaid provider – even for a few patients per week – can enhance your community stature, increase legislative effectiveness, and help the dental profession. Learn more about how it works (and can work for you) from dentists who take Medicaid in their practices, with concrete tips based on their own personal experiences including appropriate documentation, patient management and a journey into cultural competence that will elevate your entire practice.
  • Nonprofit Dental Clinic Learning Sessions with D4 Practice Solutions (DHS) The Wisconsin Oral Health Program partnered with D4 Practice Solutions to create a training series on dental clinic operation and management for safety net dental clinics. Available trainings include:
    • A Practical Approach for Oral Health Integration
    • Basics of Dental Practice Transformation
    • Creating the Plan for Dental Program Sustainability
    • Managing for Success--Safety Net Dental Programs
    • Managing Quality When Time and Resources are Scarce
    • Practical Applications of TeleDentistry
    • Program Evaluation for Dental Programs
    • Work Hard Get Paid
  • Workforce (DHS) Wisconsin oral health workforce information on licensing rules and regulations for providers changes to Wis. Admin. Code Medicaid/BadgerCare Plus provider enrollment, revalidation, billing, and resources; and mobile dentistry requirements.

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Last Revised: November 21, 2022