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Oral Health Toolkit Available

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The Inter-professional Oral Health Faculty Toolkit, developed by the Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice program, is now available.The toolkit is an innovative web-based open source product intended to facilitate integration of oral-systemic health content and clinical competencies into nurse practitioner and midwifery curricula. 

A User’s Guide for Implementation of Interprofessional Oral Health Core Clinical Competencies: Results of a Pilot Project

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The National Nework for Oral Health Access has developed a user’s guide that provides a structure, options, and suggestions to help Health Centers develop programs to implement oral health competencies that integrate oral health care into primary care practice, which increases access to oral health care and improves the oral health status of the populations Health Centers serve.

A Qualitative Study of Patients’ Attitudes toward HIV Testing in the Dental Setting

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An estimated 1.1 million people in the USA are living with HIV/AIDS.  Nearly 200,000 of these individuals do not know that they are infected.  In 2006, the CDC recommended that all healthcare providers routinely offer HIV screening to adolescent and adult patients.  Nurse-dentist collaborations present unique opportunities to provide rapid oral HIV screening to patients in dental clinic settings and reach the many adults who lack primary medical providers.  However, little is known about the feasibility and acceptability of this type of innovative practice.

Priorities for research for oral health in the 21st Century – the approach of the WHO Global Oral Health Programme

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The World Health Organization (WHO) “World Oral Health Report 2003” emphasized that despite great improvements in the oral health status of populations across the world, problems persist. As knowledge is a major vehicle for improving the health of the poor in particular, the WHO Oral Health Programme focuses on stimulating oral health esearch in the developed and developing world to reduce risk factors and the burden of oral disease, and to improve oral health ystems and the effectiveness of community oral health programmes.

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Oral Health Disparities continue to be a major challenge facing the United States. Newacheck et al. (Access to health care for children with special health care needs. Pediatrics, 105, 760–766, 2000) reported that dental care was the most prevalent unmet need among US children and near-poor and poor children were 3 times more likely to have an unmet need as non-poor children. Uninsured children were also 3 times more likely to have an unmet need as privately insured children. Among older adults, dental health problems are cumulative and just as prevalent as in childhood.

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