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Celebrating National Children's Dental Health Month
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Supporting New Guidelines for School-Based Sealant Programs

Dental sealants are proven to prevent childhood tooth decay, but school-based sealant programs sometimes struggle to reach the children who are most at risk. Following the release last year of its CDC-funded report on challenges facing these programs, the Children’s Dental Health Project will convene a work group to update scientific and clinical guidelines, some of which are 20 years old. OHA agrees that updating these guidelines is a priority for strengthening school-based sealant programs and awarded the Children’s Dental Health Project a $10,000 grant to support this important work. Tina Montgomery,Program Manager for Smiles Across America®, will be a member of the task force for this important initiative.
Senate Introduces Bill to Continue CHIP Funding
Last week Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced the Protecting and Retaining Our Children’s Health Insurance Act of 2015, which extends funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2019. Current funding expires in September of this year, which would disrupt health coverage for millions of children if not extended. We applaud Sen. Brown and the 45 co-sponsoring Senators of this bill for recognizing the importance of CHIP and we encourage Congress to pass this bill quickly. Contact your members of Congress and tell them to pass the PRO-CHIP Act.
Seats Still Available at Dental Industry's Premier Networking Event
Don’t miss OHA’s 25th Annual Gala & Benefit, being held at the beautiful Hilton Chicago on February 25. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception that offers an excellent opportunity to network with leaders in the industry while browsing through silent auction items whose sale will benefit OHA’s programs. Following the reception there will be a gourmet dinner, live music from the Ken Arlen Orchestra, an exciting live auction and raffles for a 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet or cash and diamond earrings.

A presentation will also be made during the event celebrating OHA’s 60th anniversary and the work the organization continues to do to connect communities with resources to increase access to care and health literacy. Get more details about the Gala here.
Reaching Pharmacists About the Importance of Oral Health
Seventy percent of older Americans do not have dental insurance, which means their access to a dentist might be limited. However, they may interact with pharmacists on a regular basis, making pharmacists an ideal resource for oral health education. Find out about resources OHA is developing specifically for pharmacists through a new initiative from the Wisdom Tooth Project®.
Supporting Oral Health One Toothbrush at a Time
Philips Sonicare generously donated thousands of electronic toothbrushes to OHA, which have been distributed to organizations across the country that educate the public about the importance of oral health. OHA staff members recently designated their own charities of choice to each receive 100 toothbrushes. Two of the chosen organizations were The Night Ministry, which serves Chicago residents struggling with poverty or homelessness, and Center for Possibilities, an organization based in Hobart, IN, that serves children and adults with developmental disabilities. Thank you to Philips Sonicare for their extremely generous donation that allowed OHA to support the good work of other organizations throughout the country. 
SAA Grant Application Available Now
The Smiles Across America® Capacity Building Project Grant application is now available on OHA’s website. Grants ranging from $5,000-$20,000 will be awarded for the 2015-2016 school year to support community-based oral health preventative services programs that provide care to children in school-based or school-linked settings. Grant applications are due by March 13—learn more and download the application on OHA’s grants webpage


Every gift made to OHA supports programs that bring needed oral healthcare and education to the country's most vulnerable populations. To support this important work, please click the Give Now button. 
Click here for a list of donors who gave to OHA between December 8, 2014 and February 18, 2015. If your name should have been included, please contact Brad McLaughlin, Development Director at (312) 836-9900 or Brad.McLaughlin@oralhealthamerica.org.

From the President & CEO: Help OHA Seal Two Million Teeth

In 2010 OHA committed to seal two million teeth for more than 500,000 at-risk children by 2020. OHA is set to accomplish this goal by June 2015 – five years ahead of schedule! In honor of Children's Dental Health Month, we want you to join the fight against tooth decay and make a difference in the lives of thousands of vulnerable children by investing in OHA’s sealant initiatives. We intend to update our sealant results and announce a new goal at the 2015 Chicago Midwinter Dental Meeting. Visit the Seal Two Million webpage to become part of this important campaign.  
  

 

Beth Truett
President & CEO
Support OHA's Gala Now
You can participate in OHA’s upcoming Gala & Benefit now, even if you can’t attend next week. Raffle tickets can be purchased in advance of the event for $100 each, with the winner receiving either a 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet or the cash option of up to $40,000 if all 800 raffle tickets are sold (winner need not be present to win). You can also participate in an auction for more than $230,000 of ad space in leading dental trade publications—place a bid or use the “buy it now” option! All raffle tickets and auction items support OHA’s programs that improve the oral health of the nation.
Miss the Older Adult Webinar? It's Now Online
State partners are an invaluable part of the work that the WTP does every day for the oral health of older adults.OHA recently hosted an educational webinar about the process and benefits of becoming a state partner with OHA’s Wisdom Tooth Project® (WTP). View the presentation and a recorded version of the webinar on the web.
Through With Chew
February 15-21 was Through With Chew Week, an effort by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to call attention to the use of smokeless tobacco. OHA wholeheartedly supports this ongoing CDC initiative to educate Americans about the dangers of spit tobacco. OHA's own program, NSTEP® (National Spit Tobacco Education Program), offers materials to help users quit and steps up awareness of this issue. Learn more about NSTEP and find resources to prevent young people from starting to use and help current users quit.
Fluoridated Water Remains a Public Health Best Practice
OHA participated in a social media storm last month with the Children’s Dental Health Project. This special event celebrated the 70th anniversary of community water fluoridation, which is considered one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century because of its impact on oral health. The social media storm generated nearly 2.3 million Twitter impressions! OHA was proud to celebrate this important milestone and focus on the continued importance of community water fluoridation.
 
Support OHA While You Shop
Through AmazonSmile, you can choose OHA to receive 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases. Just click here to designate OHA as your charity of choice and start shopping.
Join the OHA team
Oral Health America is looking for a dynamic individual to join our staff as a Web Content Coordinator. Learn more about this opportunity HERE.
OHA Hits the Road
We hope to see you at the following meetings and conferences. Please find us and say hello!

February 26-28: Chicago Dental Society MidWinter Meeting, Booth #521, Chicago (Exhibiting)

March 7-10: ADEA Annual Session and GoDental, Boston (Exhibiting)

March 23-27: Aging in America Conference, Chicago

April 26-29: NOHC, Kansas City (Exhibiting)
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