Research

Oral Health Research

Research is one of the pillars of our work at COH. We conduct research and release reports documenting oral health care needs of vulnerable populations, including older adults and children. These include more detailed insights into people groups we seek to help and programs that seek to help them.

Project VIDA

Project VIDA (Visualizing Information and Data for Action) is a unique and engaging way of presenting actionable data. It showcases oral health issues among local counties within California. We’ve kicked off the project with the “Oral Health of the Inland Empire,” but even more data will follow.

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Oral Health Reports

Our reports are based on careful research. We hope they enlighten individuals and spur the creation of better policies and practices to further the cause of oral health for all.

A HEALTHY SMILY NEVER GETS OLD

A California Report on the Oral Health of Older Adults

This report highlights the oral health status and key issues amongst older adults in California. This is the first report to document oral health needs of this population in the state. We hope this report is used to influence and shape policies to improve the oral health of older adults.

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Sacramento Smiles

Evaluation of the Early Smiles Sacramento Program

Early Smiles Sacramento is a school-based oral health program funded by the Center for Oral Health. This report explains what the program is about and the issues it seeks to address. Beyond that, this report also presents findings of a one-year evaluation of the program.

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“Mommy, It Hurts to Chew”

An Oral Health Assessment of California’s Kindergarten and 3rd Grade Children

Children are victims of the single most widespread disease among children in California: tooth decay. This report sheds light on this epidemic through careful research and also offers simple recommendations on what can be done to prevent this issue from spreading further.

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Fact Sheets

Our fact sheets are both engaging and enlightening. These 2-4 page sheets offer insights into people and programs, including well-researched statistics and policy recommendations.

MARCH 2018

ORAL HEALTH OF OLDER ADULTS

“A Healthy Smile Never Gets Old” examines the unique oral health challenges and needs of older adults. It also offers a series of recommendations for improving access to care.

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OCTOBER 2017

What is Early Smiles Sacramento?

Early Smiles Sacramento is an innovative public-private partnership dedicated to minimizing the dental disease burden among children in Sacramento. Learn more about this unique program.

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DECEMBER 2011

WIC: Early Entry into Dental Care

This guidebook to assists dental providers, WIC personnel, and public health advocates in developing Early Entry into Dental Programs within their own communities.

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MAY 2005

Healthy Teeth Begin at Birth

Your child’s baby teeth will fall out, but that doesn’t mean they’re less important. Read helpful tips on how to jumpstart the oral health of children with this First 5 fact sheet.

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More About Our Research

Our research reports assist policymakers, regulators, community advocates for public health, health care systems, and many more individuals who share our cause. We also enjoy partnering with other advocacy organizations to better understand the oral health issues and needs of specific vulnerable populations including the elderly and children.

Our Professional Affiliations

The following supporters and affiliations make our research efforts possible. We’re proud to carry on oral health research with their meaningful support and encouragement.

About Center for Oral Health

COH is one of the oldest organizations dedicated to oral health in the U.S. Learn more about our mission, vision, and history here.

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Be a Champion of Oral Health

We can’t win the fight for oral health alone. If you want to partner with us in our vision, consider offering your time and resources to help those in need.

Careers

Are you interested in dentistry, research, or administrative positions? View our job openings.

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Smile Drive

Help us raise awareness for children’s oral health and collect dental care supplies for kids.

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Donate

Your financial contributions go a long way towards fulfilling our vision: Oral Health for All.

Contact Us

Do you have questions about our research or organization? Contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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