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â€‹On Friday, August 8 in Newburgh, NY and Saturday, August 9 in Rochester, NY nearly 70 registered dental hygienists took part in the Chair-Side Guide: Community Water Fluoridation training. Instructors for the morning long training were Matt Jacob from the Childrenâ€™s Dental Health Project in Washington, DC and Meg Atwood, RDH, MPS, associate professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene at Orange County Community college in Middletown, NY, also an experienced and successful advocate for community water fluoridation in New York State.
While the goals for the days were to review recommendations for fluoride use, review the evidence basis behind fluorides, and strengthen hygienistsâ€™ abilities to have effective conversations with patients about fluoride and community water fluoridation, the most successful lessons were picked up in the communication with participants, with one another and the instructors. The trainings became a collaborative learning process, with participants sharing hands on experiences of patientsâ€™ views and questions regarding fluoride.
New York State’s electronic prescribing requirement is set to take effect on March 27, 2015. NYSDA is in the final stages of negotiation with a vendor that provides electronic prescribing computer software and hopes to make an announcement within the next month. This vendor has been thoroughly vetted by NYSDA’s Task Force on Technology Applications, NYSDA Support Services and NYSDA leadership. As a NYSDA member, you will be entitled to a discounted rate for their software. The announcement of an endorsed vendor will be made by email and in New York State Dental Journal.
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This website provides unbiased, science-based information on the topic of water fluoridation, and features: (www.fluoridescience.org)
· Summaries: brief description of the study design and major research findings of key studies and reports.
· Bibliographies of research on selected topics.
· Critical appraisal of key studies.
· Reviewers’ conclusion statements that provide reviewers’ assessment of the study/report.
· Quality rating for each study provides a way for practitioners to determine if the study is able to attribute the effect to the causal agent based on the design, scientific rigor and execution of the study.
· Worksheets on selected research studies that provide detailed information on the major findings, methodology, and quality of each study.
· Implication for the practice of water fluoridation in the United States.
· Interviews with scientists who have devoted their careers to research fluoride-related risks and benefits.
This summer, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that 73.9% of Americans who get their water from municipal systems now benefit from optimal fluoridation. This brings the number of Americans receiving optimally fluoridated water to an all-time high of approximately 204 million people. The Foundation joins the thousands of individuals – such as those NYSDA members who attended the NYSDF Fluoridation Symposium - and organizations such as NYSDA and the ADA who continue to work toward the day when the customers of every community water system enjoy the benefits of optimal fluoridation.
The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Policy Center, in collaboration with the Association of Maternal and Child Health Projects, Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, March of Dimes, and Washington Dental Service Foundation have released an issue brief, Improving the Oral Health of Pregnant Women and Young Children: Opportunities for Policymakers. This brief provides state policymakers a brief review of the research and evidence on dental care during the perinatal period, identifies current state guidelines that have been developed, reviews liability issues for dentists and medical providers, and outlines current state policy options to support the oral health of pregnant women and young children. For the complete policy brief click here.