Providers and Stakeholders

The Oral Health Improvement Program (OHIP) encourages Texas residents to improve and maintain good oral health. The OHIP works with various partners across the State to identify the oral health needs of Texans and the resources to meet those needs. As a result of Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General and the subsequent release of A National Call to Action to Promote Oral Health, the awareness of the link between oral health and overall health of individuals has been highlighted.

Contact Information for Oral Health Regional Representatives - OHIP regional staff are located in Austin, Lubbock, Tyler, Houston, San Antonio, and Midland. These dental public health professionals provide preventive dental services to eligible low-income, underserved, pre-school, and school-aged children who are Texas residents.

Resources

The American Dental Association (ADA) is a provider resource for continuing education courses, clinical resources and publications about oral health.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is a nonprofit organization of women’s health care physicians. 
The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) is a national non-profit organization representing the directors and staff of state public health agency programs regarding oral health. They provide consulting, best practices and guidelines for many public health activities.     
Mouth Healthy, founded by the American Dental Association, provides nutrition and oral health information for all ages.   
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Oral Health Division provides current information on oral healthcommunity water fluoridationdental sealantsoral health data and more.  
The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center provides oral health information and resources for patients and providers. The 2012 Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: A National Consensus Statement is an important resource for providers regarding the oral health of pregnant women. 
Smiles for Life courses discuss core oral health topics relevant to health professionals. However, anyone can access them to learn more about oral health. 
The Texas Fluoridation Program (TFP) strives to prevent tooth decay through community water fluoridation. Visit their website for more information on water fluoridation in Texas. 
Preventing Dental Caries Through School-Based Sealant Programs reported recommendations for dental sealant use in school-based sealant programs.     
Evidence-based clinical practice guideline on nonrestorative treatments for carious lesions includes clinical recommendations from the American Dental Association. 

Helpful links

ADA Online (The American Dental Association)

American Dental Hygienists' Association

National Maternal & Child Oral Health Resource Center

Texas Dental Association

Texas Dental Hygienists' Association

Texas State Board of Dental Examiners

External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. These sites may also not be accessible to people with disabilities.

Last updated November 12, 2019