More Past Projects

Demonstration Projects

Children’s Dental Health Initiative (January 1998- February 2002)

The Children’s Dental Health Initiative was a multi-dimensional, multi-site initiative aimed at improving dental services to underserved, uninsured, low income and minority children.

School-based Dental Program (SBDP)

Provided dental screenings that resulted in preventive dental services, such as sealants and teeth cleanings, through the use of portable dental equipment at ten project sites in the following counties/cities: Alameda, Calaveras, Kern, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz.

Fluoridation Project (1994-2005)

In partnership with the California Fluoridation Task Force (CFTF), the California Dental Association (CDA) and the Department of Health Services (DHS) the Fluoridation Project is one of the most comprehensive efforts to combat oral disease through fluoridation in the country. It has succeeded in the fluoridation of California’s major cities including Los Angeles and Sacramento. The success of this program amounts in an increase to 60% of Califonians receiving fluoridated water.

Tobacco Prevention Programs

The Center for Oral Health has developed and managed a wide variety of tobacco campaigns and programs funded by the State of California. Many of these programs focus on the prevention of smokeless and alternative tobacco products. Examples of programs include:

Adopt-A-Fair (June 2002) – AAF

By June 30, 2002, the governing/oversight body of 18 public or community events had adopted a policy not to accept tobacco industry sponsorship and/or advertising, including eliminating tobacco sampling and promotional giveaways. DHF (now COH) developed and placed ads in each of the quarterly issues of Fair Dealer, the main communications vehicle for Western Fairs.

World No-Tobacco Day (May 1999) – APOTU

DHF (now COH) partnered with the Oakland A’s to sponsor World No-Tobacco day during the Memorial Day Weekend’s baseball games. Second baseman Scott Spezio was the spokesperson for the radio and T.V. public service announcements. Announcements were in Spanish on Spanish radio stations. Media coverage was on all stations that broadcast the Oakland A’s games from Fresno to the Oregon border.

“Lose The Chew Week” (LTCW) Campaign

Its first annual event took place in 2/99, with nine projects pilot testing the campaign. By 2001, 51 projects participated in the statewide campaign. Currently, many counties throughout the state continue to coordinate and promote the annual LTCW activities in their communities.

“The Great California Kids Baseball Spitathon” (January 1998)

A total of 45,808 children’s signatures were collected from various schools and youth organizations statewide to target major league baseball players who chew and hoping to establish policy with each team. All five major league baseball teams were playing on the same day. A press conference was held at each major league baseball park with statewide media coverage.


Putting Teeth in Health Reform Report and Legislative Briefing (June 2007)

Denti-Cal's portion of the Medi-Cal budget is much less than what other states are spending on dental care for the poor. This article highlights barriers in the system that prevent dentists from participating in Denti-Cal, which therefore means less access to dental services for low-income Californians.

Children’s Oral Health: Overcoming a Silent Epidemic (February 2006)

Assembly Standing Committee on Health, Informational Hearing.

Idealized Design of a System for Providing Oral Health Services to Children (April 2005)

From Protocols to Policy: A Consensus Conference to Increase Children’s Access to Early Preventive Dental Services (September 2003)

Designed to build consensus around a set of community-based strategies that can be adapted and used to drive policy aimed at increasing children’s earlier access to preventive oral health services.

The Oral Health of California’s Children: Halting a Neglected Epidemic (May 2000)

Contained a five-step action plan for improving the oral health of children. The report concludes that the magnitude of the problem has clearly been defined, solutions to the problem have been recommended, and now, the political will to strategically bring these solutions to fruition must be created.


California Oral Health Needs Assessment of Children (2006)

In partnership with CDAF, Department of Health Services, Office of Oral Health and Maternal and Child Health Branch and CDHA, screened over 20,000 children in kindergarten and third grade to determine the oral health status of children in California. The report was released in February 2006.

California Oral Health Needs Assessment of Children (1993-1994)

In partnership with UCSF School of Dentistry, DHF conducted the first assessment of Children’s Oral Health in California. This report uncovered that more than half of our school children have untreated dental disease.

Educational Materials

Protect Your Child’s Teeth Brochure

Aimed at preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. Printed in nine languages. In conjunction with the California Health Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition and the Oral Health Action Committee.

Water Fluoridation Brochure

Aimed at educating families about the benefits of fluoride in water, as well as general education about improving oral health. Developed with UCSF School of Dentistry, DHS, and MCHB.

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay Training Video

Developed to assist professionals and childcare providers educate parents and other caregivers about prevention, early intervention, causes and effects of baby bottle tooth decay. Developed with the Oral Health Action Committee, Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies, US Public Health Services Region IX.

Physicians Guide to Dental Emergencies

Developed for primary healthcare workers, this Guide provides detailed information on identifying teeth, instruments required, clinical presentations, and step-by-step treatment for most common oral health disorders.