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 tab 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) This fact sheet explains 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) Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) publication (English, Spanish) This fact sheet contains information on caring for your mouth during pregnancy.
  • CDC Oral Health Program for Children Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) This webpage provides information about tooth decay and what parents and caregivers can do to prevent it.
  • Early Childhood Caries, P-44534 (PDF) (DHS publication) This fact sheet explains 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) This brochure provides oral health tips for parents and caregivers of babies and children.
  • Medicaid HealthCheck Brochure, P-01007 (PDF) (DHS publication) This brochure explains 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) This fact sheet contains 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) This fact sheet has 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) This fact sheet has information on the connection between oral health and chronic disease, offers tips and resources to to prevent chronic disease.
  • Oral Health and Diabetes, P-00140 (PDF) (DHS publication) This fact sheet explains 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) This fact sheet explains 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

  • Community Water Fluoridation, P-40111 (PDF) (DHS publication) This fact sheet contains information for addressing tooth decay as a public health issue affecting people of all ages in Wisconsin and how Community Water Fluoridation can help. (PDF)
  • Community Water Fluoridation Fact Sheet (PDF) (CDC publication) Community water fluoridation is safe and effective at preventing cavities. It also saves money. Learn more about the benefits of community water fluoridation with this CDC fact sheet.
  • My Water's Fluoride (CDC) Most water contains some fluoride but usually not enough to prevent cavities. Community water systems can add just the right amount of fluoride to local drinking water to prevent cavities. My Water's Fluoride (MWF) allows consumers to learn about the fluoride level in their drinking water. Also, you can find out the number of people served by the system and the water source.

Dental Sealants

  • Dental Sealants, P-40110 (PDF) (DHS publication) This fact sheet explains 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) This webpage contains 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

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

Oral Cancer

Pregnancy

Tobacco

  • 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.

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 Publication) This fact sheet explains 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 Initiative (American Academy of Pediatrics(AAP)) This webpage explains 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) This fact sheet contains 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) This brochure provides oral health tips for parents and caregivers of babies and children.
  • Medicaid HealthCheck Brochure, P-01007 (PDF) (DHS publication) This brochure explains 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 (American Academy of Pediatrics 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) This fact sheet contains information caring for baby's mouth from newborn to age 1.
  • Protect Tiny Teeth: Poster, P-90034 (PDF) (DHS publication) (English, Spanish) This poster illustrates 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) This set of 22 slides provides 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) This fact sheet contains information for patients about taking Antibiotics Before Dental Procedures.
  • Diabetes: Dental Tips (PDF) (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research) (English, Spanish) 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) This fact sheet contains 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) This fact sheet explains 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) This fact sheet explains 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, P-40111 (PDF) (DHS publication) This fact sheet contains information for addressing tooth decay as a public health issue and how evidence-based prevention strategies like Community Water Fluoridation support Wisconsin's future.
  • Community Water Fluoridation 101 (DHS training) This course covers the topic of community water fluoridation (CWF). The course will provide attendees examples of the type of myths spread by those opposed to CWF and how to respond. As a foundation to understanding these myths, the course will also provide basic information on the science behind fluoridation, how it works and why it works to prevent tooth decay. The objective of this course is to educate members of the oral health workforce (dental professionals, medical professionals, public health professionals, and water operators and engineers) on the evidence and science of CWF. Additionally, The Wisconsin Oral Health Coalition will offer one dental CE for Wisconsin dental providers completing the course.
  • Community Water Fluoridation Fact Sheet (PDF) (CDC publication) This fact sheet describes the international use of fluoridation and explains the public health achievement of Community Water Fluoridation as a safe, effective and cost-saving way to reduce disparities.
  • Fluoride Supplementation, P-44531 (PDF) (DHS publication) This fact sheet contains information for health care professionals on Fluoride Supplementation.
  • Fluoride Varnish: an Evidence-Based Approach Research Brief (PDF) (Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors Publication) This research brief is a review of the evidence for fluoride varnish programs and is a scientifically sound document for states to use when planning targeted population-based programs to reduce dental caries.
  • My Water's Fluoride (CDC) Most water contains some fluoride but usually not enough to prevent cavities. Community water systems can add just the right amount of fluoride to local drinking water to prevent cavities. My Water's Fluoride (MWF) allows consumers to learn about the fluoride level in their drinking water. Also, you can find out the number of people served by the system and the water source.
  • School-based Water Interventions in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity and Tooth Decay (DHS webinar) This 90 minute webinar will provide an overview of recent research, which estimates the impact of increased access to optimally fluoridated water on standardized body mass index and oral health in elementary and middle school students. In addition, the webinar will share tools and guidelines on how to advocate for safe and appealing water in schools.
  • Water Fluoridation Practice and Operation Tips & Tricks (DHS training) A 30-minute webinar covering the basic principles of fluoridation engineering and community water fluoridation administrative guidance.

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) This fact sheet explains 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) This webpage contains 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

  • Boil Water Advisory Toolkit-OSAP (Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention) This webpage is a 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 (PDF) (Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention) This PDF is a portion of the toolkit for safe drinking water in dental offices. It contains concise guidelines for dental offices under a boil-water advisory.
  • COVID-19 Dental Health Care Professionals Guidance (DHS) This webpage contains the most current COVID-19 information for all Health Care Providers. Dental health care professionals guidance is located under the Physical health and safety guidance tab.
  • 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

  • Comprehensive Training for Dentists: Dental Pain Management in the Midst of the Evolving Substance Use Disorder Epidemic (Marquette University School of Dentistry and DHS Training – two CE dental credits) This webinar will review pharmacologically sound pain control strategies and review the origins of dental pain for all dental professionals based on the science and available literature. It will focus on alternatives to narcotic pain medications and understanding the problem associated with prescription opioid misuse. Additional training is also provided on risk factors for substance use disorder, trauma and trauma-informed care and the catastrophic effects of stigmatizing language and behavior. The webinar will also improve the participants use and understanding of the WI state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). This course will fulfill the two CE credits of opioid instruction required for dental licensure in Wisconsin through Sept. 30, 2021.
  • Opioids: Professionals (DHS) This webpage contains 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) This publication describes recent research and best practices for pain management in children and adolescents and where to find more evidence-based resources.
  • Prescribing Opioids for Women of Reproductive Age: Information for Dentists (PDF) (National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center Publication) This publication describes 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) This webpage is 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 publication) This publication is Wisconsin Dentistry Examining Board's legal guidance to dentists for prescribing controlled substances.

Oral Cancer

Pregnancy

Tobacco

  • Tobacco is Changing (DHS) This webpage contains information on how Tobacco is Changing, identifying new products, understand marketing tactics, tobacco data and how to talk to kids about tobacco.
  • Tobwis (Tobwis) This is an 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) This website has tobacco treatment resources for dentists and dental hygienists including trainings, toolkits, videos, and fact sheets.
  • 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. It also includes resources for clinicians and advocates.

Workforce

  • Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) – Dentistry and Dental Hygiene This page links to the Wisconsin Administrative Code on the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene.
  • DSPS – Dentist License This page links to requirements and application for a Wisconsin Dentist license.
  • DSPS – Dental Hygienist License This page links to the requirements and application for a Wisconsin Dental Hygienist license.
  • DSPS – File a Complaint This page links to the methods, process and alternatives to filing a complaint against a professional license.
  • Mobile Dentistry in Wisconsin (DHS Training- .5 CE) At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to define mobile dentistry per DE 10, identify who must register for a mobile license in Wisconsin and learn how to register, and understand the requirements and rules governing mobile dentistry in Wisconsin.
  • Wisconsin Dental Association The Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) is the leading voice for dentistry in Wisconsin. WDA members are committed to promoting professional excellence and quality oral health care. The WDA is affiliated with the American Dental Association – the largest and oldest national dental association in the world.
  • Wisconsin Dental Hygienists Association The Wisconsin Dental Hygienists’ Association (WI-DHA) is the largest organization in the state dedicated to representing dental hygienist's at the state and national level. WI-DHA is a constituent of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA). Both WI-DHA and ADHA serve to help dental hygienists achieve their full potential as they seek to improve the public’s oral health.

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Last Revised: September 16, 2021