Healthy People Consortium Meeting and Public Hearing
"Building the Next Generation of Healthy People"
November 12 and 13, 1998
Capital Hilton, Washington, D.C.

Oral Health

Co-leads: Alice M. Horowitz and  Stuart Lockwood

Several issues were raised and discussed during the oral health breakout session. These included:

  • Concern was voiced about the lack of minorities enrolled in dental [and medical] schools and how this factor likely relates to lack of access for minorities. This issue was discussed in the context of disparities in the lack of access to dental care.
  • Another issue had to do with the dental sealant objective and whether as it is written it is realistic considering that the same objective for 2000 has not been met.
  • Another concern dealt with the need for a rewrite of the background material contained in the chapter. Participants were reminded that the material would be completely rewritten and more recent references would be included. Discussion also was held on the process of finalizing the objective.
  • Concern was expressed about the objective calling for oral examinations on persons entering long-term care facilities both in terms of who would be performing the examinations and the value of the exam considering that no followup is required when exams are conducted.
  • The lack of dental public health infrastructure in states also was discussed. The need for oral health infrastructure in the form of an objective(s) in the infrastructure chapter was expressed.

In addition to the co-leads, the session was attended by:

Beverly P. Whitford, RDH, BS
American Dental Hygienists Association

Sara Cintron Milo
American Association of Dental Schools

Robert Collins, DMD, MPH
International Association for Dental Research

James J. Crall, DDS, ScD
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Harold S. Goodman, DMD, MPH
Office of Oral Health
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

John S. Klyop, MS
Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations
American Dental Association

Cristian Morazan, DDS
Hispanic Dental Association (New York University)

Richard Terry Grubb, DDS
Council on Acess, Prevention and Interprofessinal Relations
American Dental Association

Ron Franklin, DDS, MPH
New Mexico Department of Health


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