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OHRC Publications

This section contains OHRC-produced materials.


Casamassimo P, Holt K, eds. 2016. Bright Futures: Oral health—Pocket guide (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 90 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Washington, DC 20057

E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This guide offers health professionals an overview of preventive oral health supervision during five developmental periods: prenatal, infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. It is designed to help health professionals implement specific oral health guidelines during these periods. For each period, information about family preparation, risk assessment, interview questions, screening, examination, preventive procedures, anticipatory guidance, measurable outcomes, and referrals is discussed. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety. 2021–. Brush up on oral health. Waltham, MA: National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety, multiple items

Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
Telephone: (866) 763-6481
E-mail: health@ecetta.info
Website: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov
Available from the website.

This series of tip sheets is intended for Head Start staff to use to support the oral health of children and pregnant people enrolled in Head Start programs and their families. The tip sheets include up-to-date practices and practical tips to promote good oral health. Health and social service professionals interested in improving the oral health of children and pregnant people enrolled in Head Start and their families may also find Brush Up on Oral Health tip sheets helpful.


OHRC Library

This section contains recent materials, not including OHRC-produced materials.


Connecticut Department of Public Health, Office of Oral Health. 2014–. Smoking and oral health quit kit information. Hartford, CT: Connecticut Department of Public Health, Office of Oral Health, multiple items

Connecticut Department of Public Health, Office of Oral Health
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308

Telephone: (860) 509-8251
Fax: (860) 509-7855
E-mail: CTDPH.OralHealth@ct.gov
Website: https://portal.ct.gov/dph/Oral-Health/oral-health/Office-of-Oral-Health
Available from the website.

These resources are designed to help oral health professionals in Connecticut screen and counsel their clients who use tobacco products. Contents include a letter that provides information about an evidence-based approach to eliminate tobacco use (the 5 A's), resources and tools, and cessation counseling reimbursement for professionals who participate in the state Medicaid/HUSKY Health programs. Additional contents include questions and answers about the state quit line, a quit line wallet card, information about treatment methods, a quit tips note sheet, and a poster with tips from former smokers. The wallet cards and posters are available in English and Spanish.


Deming S. 2015. Final report for Phase I Tobacco Dependence Treatment Through Dental Providers Project for 2014–15. Lansing, MI: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Oral Health, 13 pp

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Oral Health
201 Townsend Street Box 30195
Lansing, MI 48913

Telephone: (517) 373-3740
Website: http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-2942_4911_4912_6226---,00.html
Available from the website.

This report summarizes a pilot project to reduce tobacco use and improve oral health by training oral health professionals on recommended guidelines for tobacco dependence treatment. Contents include information about the participating dental clinics, reimbursements for clients receiving tobacco dependence interventions, administrative support activities, project outcomes, and next steps. Training pretest, mid, and posttest surveys results; and final report numbers and comments are included.


Romito L, Mandiwala R. 2014. Tobacco cessation toolkit for Indiana dental practices. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Dental Association, 93 pp

Indiana Dental Association
1319 East Stop 10 Road
Indianapolis, IN 46227

Telephone: (317) 634-2610
Secondary Telephone: (800) 562-5646
Fax: (317) 634-2612
E-mail: jhawke@indental.org
Website: http://www.indental.org/
Available from the website.

This toolkit provides information on how oral health professionals can develop a tobacco-cessation-intervention program and outlines key roles for each member of the oral health team. Contents include information about tobacco use and prevalence, risks of tobacco use, secondhand smoke, benefits of cessation, nicotine and the physiology of dependence, tobacco-cessation counseling, pharmacotherapy, insurance coverage and coding, the role of dentists and the dental team, barriers and solutions, and resources.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2014. The health consequences of smoking: 50 years of progress–A report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 943 pp, exec summ (22 pp)

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30329-4027

Telephone: (800) 232-4636
Secondary Telephone: (888) 232-6348
E-mail: cdcinfo@cdc.gov
Website: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco
Available from the website.

This report chronicles the consequences of 50 years of tobacco use in the United States. Topics include the relationship between smoking and health outcomes; smoking-attributable morbidity, mortality, and economic costs; patterns of tobacco use among children, adolescents, and adults; status of and future directions in tobacco control; and a vision for ending tobacco-caused death and disease.


World Health Organization. 2017. WHO monograph on tobacco cessation and oral health integration. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, 72 pp

World Health Organization
20, Avenue Appia
Geneva, Switzerland

Telephone: (+ 41 22) 791 21 11
Fax: (+ 41 22) 791 3111
E-mail: info@who.int
Website: http://www.who.int/en
Available from the website.

This monograph provides information about systematic reviews of the association between tobacco use and oral diseases and potential benefits of tobacco-use cessation on oral health outcomes. For each systematic review, the methodology, results, and a discussion are presented. The monograph also includes policy recommendations related to integrating brief tobacco interventions into oral health programs in primary care.


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