Utah’s Emergency Department Non-traumatic Dental Visits 2007-2017
The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) Oral Health Program (OHP) conducted an analysis of data from oral health care visits made to Utah emergency rooms between 2007 and 2017. Nearly 52 million dollars was spent in emergency departments (ED) for dental care related to non-traumatic and preventable diagnoses during this period.
Prescribing Opioids to Your Dental Patients Toolkit
The American Dental Association states, “Addiction to heroin, synthetic fentanyl, and other illicit drugs can easily start with first-time exposure to an opioid that is legally prescribed to treat a painful condition.” This toolkit is to encourage dentists to utilize the Controlled Substance Database (CSD) prior to prescribing opioids to patients and to provide education to their patients on the potential dangers of opioids.
Utah Oral Health Surveys
Every five years, Utah’s Oral Health Program (OHP) conducts a comprehensive statewide dental screening survey of students, grades 1 – 4, in elementary schools to measure the extent of untreated tooth decay, caries experience, the prevalence of dental sealants, and the need for dental care. By recognizing and understanding the oral health needs of Utah’s children, programs and policies can be initiated to ensure good oral health for all children. The following reports are available below; 2000, 2005, 2010 and the most recent report 2015.
Adolescent Oral Health Campaign Fact Sheets and Reports
The Oral Health Program (OHP) launched the Adolescent Oral Health Campaign during the 2016–2017 school year. This campaign continued in the 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school year. This intervention, designed to educate middle school aged students about oral health care, works with the vision of encouraging positive oral health behaviors and increasing participation and utilization of preventive dental services. Anonymous pre-test and post-tests were administered to all students before and after the educational intervention. The results of the pre-test and post-test assessments at found in the following reports.
To learn more about how Dental Hygienist and Dentist can volunteer with Head Start see www.mchoralhealth.org/PDFs/HSRDH.pdf (PDF) dental professionals.