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Education & Resources

Oral Health Prevention

Pediatricians and other non-dental professionals play a vital role in promoting children’s oral health and preventing unnecessary disease. The American Academy of Pediatrics created the Oral Health Prevention Primer, an interactive online resource for pediatricians and other providers who want to do more to address the oral health needs of children.

Staff Training on Daily Tooth Brushing Routine in the Classroom

Steps for Toothbrushing at the Table: Growing Healthy Smiles in Early Child Care and Education Programs (6 minute video),

A video for Head Start and child care staff, trains staff to begin a daily tooth brushing routine in Head Start and child care programs.

Fact Sheets on Oral Health Topics

Below are educational fact sheets on different oral health topics that have been developed by the Oral Health Center. These materials can be downloaded and used within your community.

PDF document of oral health for infants, children, and adolescents PDF document of Do you have dry mouth? PDF document of Dental Emergencies PDF document that focuses on Periodontal Disease
PDF document of Oral Health for Older Adults PDF document of Thumbs, Finger, and Pacifier Habits PDF document of Oral Health and Pregnancy PDF document of Tooth Eruption and Teething
PDF document of How Tobacco use affects the mouth PDF document on Tooth Decay PDF document on Community Water Fluoridation in Iowa PDF document on What is Xylitol

Medicaid Dental Periodicity for Children

Iowa’s periodicity schedule of dental services for Medicaid-enrolled children identifies the types of services recommended based upon the age of a child and risk for dental disease. The recommendations were developed using information from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and also Iowa’s definition of a dental home.

Oral Health Data on Iowa Public Health Tracking Portal

The Iowa Public Health Tracking Portal displays oral health related hospitalizations and emergency department visits. The data is displayed in a standard way over time to better understand the impact across Iowa, to inform the public, and to aid state and local partners in program planning and evaluation efforts. 

Measures of oral health available on the portal include:

  • Oral health hospitalizations
  • Oral health emergency department visits

Public Health Supervision of Dental Hygienists

In 2003, the Iowa Dental Board approved a rule change allowing "public health supervision" of a dental hygienist. A dental hygienist may enter into a collaborative agreement with a dentist, allowing the hygienist to provide services to a patient in a public health setting, prior to the patient seeing a dentist for an exam. The Oral Health Center is responsible for collecting the collaborative agreements and annual reports from the dental hygienists working under public health supervision.

For more information, visit the Iowa Dental Board.

Public Health Supervision of Dental Assistants

In 2015, the Iowa Dental Board approved a rule change allowing “public health supervision “ of a dental assistant. A dental assistant may enter into a collaborative agreement with a dentist, allowing the assistant to provide services to a patient in a public health setting, prior to a patient seeing a dentist for an exam. The Oral Health Center and the Iowa Dental Board are responsible for collecting collective agreements and annual reports from the dental assistants working under public health supervision.