Oral Health Resources
New Hampshire Oral Health Surveillance Plan 2020
This is a living document that annually tracks NH Oral Health data and statistics which will be used to inform program priorities and strategies, policy, and guidelines.
The Role of Oral Health in Mental Health, Substance Use and Addiction Recovery
In August 2018, the NH Oral Health Coalition partnered with the NH Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Public Health, Oral Health Program to offer a three-session series on the role of oral health in addiction, treatment and recovery services in different regions of New Hampshire. The purpose of the series was to provide information to providers, programs and the public on a recent DHHS environmental scan, to disseminate baseline information on the relationships between oral health, mental health, and substance use, to connect diverse stakeholders working in this sector, and to learn what is happening at the local level to ensure oral health access for this population.
6 Reasons to Discuss Dental Health with Your Employees (Infographic)
School-Based Oral Health Program Infographic
This infographic gives an overview of what oral health care is provided in school-based programs, why oral health matters, and where to locate school-based programs.
The 2015 New Hampshire Oral Health Plan
The 2015 Oral Health Plan is a living document that was created through collaboration among oral health leaders and advocates. It captures the unique, thoughtful perspective of over 100 subject matter experts, dedicated representatives of community-based organizations, diverse community members, and others with a stake in the health status of NH residents. The New Hampshire Oral Health Coalition is once again collaborating with subject matter experts and stakeholders as they update this Oral Health Plan. The updated plan should be complete in 2021.
Oral Health Status of Substance Use Disorder Patients in Recovery in New Hampshire: An Environmental Scan
In 2018, the New Hampshire Oral Health Program conducted an environmental scan to assess the oral health status of substance use disorder patients in recovery and to evaluate current methods and systems in place to deliver preventive and restorative dental services to those recovering from substance use disorder. The scan also evaluated whether the deployment of alternative workforce models (Certified Public Health Dental Hygienists) within substance use disorder treatment centers and other community settings to deliver preventive services would be beneficial to patients in recovery.
CDC Oral Health Basics
Oral health affects our ability to speak, smile, eat, and show emotions. It also affects self-esteem, school performance, and attendance at work and school. Oral diseases—which range from cavities to gum disease to oral cancer—cause pain and disability for millions of Americans. They also cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year.
Oral health has been linked with other chronic diseases, like diabetes and heart disease. It is also linked with risk behaviors like using tobacco and eating and drinking foods and beverages high in sugar. Public health strategies such as community water fluoridation and school dental sealant programs have been proven to save money and prevent cavities.
For more on public health strategies around oral health, visit: CDC Oral Health Basics
Dental Sealant FAQs
Dental sealants are thin coatings that when painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth can prevent cavities for many years. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from cavities by covering them with a protective shield that blocks out germs and food. Once applied, sealants protect against 80% of cavities for 2 years and continue to protect against 50% of cavities for up to 4 years.
For information on the most frequently asked questions on dental sealants, visit: CDC Dental Sealant FAQs