Center for Oral Health and A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health Partner to Promote “Text 2 Floss” and Bring Educational Messages to All

Pomona, California and Mesa, Arizona – October 7, 2013 – The Center for Oral Health (COH), a California-based non-profit organization, whose mission is to improve oral health, especially of vulnerable populations through innovation, research, education and advocacy, announced today that it is partnering with A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH) to make oral health education messages available to the public through the “Text 2 Floss” initiative.

Through this relationship, COH and ASDOH will deliver text messages that remind the public that brushing and flossing our teeth are part of a daily oral hygiene regimen; that doing so keeps our mouths healthy and helps prevent chronic diseases. Despite being one of the most preventable of all diseases, tooth decay continues to rank as the most widespread public health issue for children in developed world countries.  Periodontal disease, which is also preventable and is responsible for tooth loss, is reaching epidemic proportions. Growing scientific evidence supports the notion that heart disease, poor birth outcomes, and worsening of other chronic diseases such as diabetes and auto-immune diseases are affected by poor oral health.

The “Text 2 Floss” initiative is an innovative process that targets different age groups, from pregnant women and mothers with young children to the elderly, provides evidence-based oral health messages that aim at building knowledge and awareness to prevent disease, support better health outcomes, and reduce healthcare costs.

“The Center for Oral Health is committed to improving oral health for all, as it is essential to enjoying overall health and wellbeing,” said Dr. Conrado Barzaga, executive director of the Center for Oral Health. “Through this partnership we will help disseminate knowledge and contribute to improved health outcomes while decreasing the cost of care.”

“The partnership between the Center for Oral Health and ASDOH brings together like minded organizations committed to improving the oral health of the most vulnerable populations both domestically and globally. The Text2Floss program promotes the education of the public in improving oral health and overall health through text messaging and the further engagement of health professionals,” said Jack Dillenberg the Inaugural Dean of ASDOH.

COH LogoAbout the Center for Oral Health

The Center for Oral Health’s mission is to improve oral health, especially of vulnerable populations, through innovation, research, education and advocacy. Founded in 1985, COH is a California-based non-profit organization has been the public voice for oral health, advancing knowledge, formulating public policy and inspiring the practice of equitable dentistry.

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ASDOH LogoAbout A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health

The mission of the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health is to educate caring, technologically adept dentists who become community and educational leaders serving those in need to prepare graduates with a strong foundation of critical inquiry, evidence-based practice, research, cultural competency, an orientation to prevention, and interdisciplinary healthcare experiences.

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About “Text 2 Floss”

Text 2 Floss, is a collaboration between the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health and the CellTrust Corporation; it offers its users the ability to get information and tips about caring for their teeth and mouth via text messaging.

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