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Dental Care

Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Medicine, U.S. Department of the Navy

An Act of Congress established the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) as part of the Department of the Navy on August 31, 1842. BUMED is the central administrative organization of the Medical Department, located in Washington, D. C. The first Naval Medical Center occupied the site from 1931 to 1942, when it was moved to Bethesda, Maryland. BUMED has liaison activities with other bureaus and offices with respect to the design, sanitary conditions, and medical facilities aboard ships and in hospitals.

Review Date: March 30, 2012

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Division of Oral Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

The Division of Oral Health (DOH) serves as a national resource for activities to prevent oral diseases and to improve oral health. DOH can provide information on fluoridation, dental sealants, activities being conducted by state oral health programs, and statistics on oral disease and use of dental services. DOH also provides technical assistance to State public health agencies and works with the professional dental community on issues related to the promotion of oral health and infection control in dental offices.

Review Date: December 16, 2014

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National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion - NCCDPHP
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) consists of nine divisions that support a variety of activities that improve the nation's health by preventing chronic diseases and their risk factors. Program activities include supporting states’ implementation of public health programs; public health surveillance; translation research; and developing tools and resources for stakeholders at the national, state, and community levels. The Center’s surveillance activities provide data and statistics relevant to each of its program areas.

Review Date: August 09, 2011

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National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center

The purpose of the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) is to respond to the needs of states and communities in addressing current and emerging public oral health issues. OHRC supports health professionals, program administrators, educators, policymakers, and others with the goal of improving oral health services for infants, children, adolescents, and their families. The resource center collaborates with federal, state, and local agencies; national and state organizations and associations; and foundations, to gather, develop, and share quality and valued information and materials.

Review Date: July 06, 2011

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NIH National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research - NIDCR

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) was established in 1948 to improve oral, dental, and craniofacial health through research, research training, and dissemination of health information. NIDCR's National Oral Health Information Clearinghouse (NOHIC) is a resource for information on oral health topics and publications related to NIDCR research. Trained information specialists are available to respond to inquiries Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, EST.

Review Date: February 06, 2013

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Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Office of the Surgeon General, under the direction of the Surgeon General, oversees the operations of the 6,500-member Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service and provides support for the Surgeon General in the accomplishment of her other duties. The Office is part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Surgeon General serves as America's Doctor by providing Americans the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and reduce the risk of illness and injury.

Review Date: August 24, 2011

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Academy for Sports Dentistry

The Academy was founded in 1983 as a forum for dentists, physicians, trainers, coaches, dental technicians, and educators interested in exchanging ideas related to Sports Dentistry and the dental needs of athletes at risk to sports injuries. Activities include the collection and dissemination of information of dental athletic injuries and the encouragement of research on the prevention of dental injuries to athletes.

Review Date: February 05, 2009

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Academy of General Dentistry

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is the only organization exclusively dedicated to serving the needs and interests of the general dentist. The AGD’s mission is to serve the needs and represent the interests of general dentists, to promote the oral health of the public, and to foster continued proficiency of general dentists through quality continuing dental education in order to better serve the public.

Review Date: December 05, 2011

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American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

Created in 1991, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) is an international network of researchers and clinicians representing the leading edge approach to oral appliance therapy in the treatment of sleep disordered breathing. The Academy's mission is to: improve the treatment of patients with sleep disorders through the involvement of dental practitioners and the utilization of oral appliances; and facilitate a coordinated synergistic approach with the medical community for research, treatment, education and professional development.

Review Date: October 17, 2011

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American Academy of Implant Dentistry

Founded in 1951, the Academy is the professional organization for dentists specializing in implant dentistry (implantology). The Academy holds annual meetings for members, publishes an academic bi-monthly, promotes and supports research projects (including financial support), and informs the public of the advantages of implant dentistry when performed under strict, ethical standards imposed by the Academy on its member dentists.

Review Date: January 23, 2009

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American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

The AAPD’s 8,000 members serve as primary care and specialty providers for millions of children from infancy through adolescence; provide advanced, specialty-level care for infants, children, adolescents and patients with special health care needs; and are the primary contributors to professional education programs and scholarly works concerning children’s dental care. The AAPD offers many programs and resources including: advocacy, oral health brochures, finding a pediatric dentist, oral health policies and clinical guidelines, online store, meetings and events, publications and much more.

Review Date: December 05, 2011

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American Academy of Periodontology

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is a 7900-member association of dental professionals specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth and in the placement and maintenance of dental implants. Periodontics is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.

Review Date: February 18, 2009

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American Association of Endodontists

The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) is the organization of endodontic specialists and other dental professionals worldwide with an interest in endodontics. The Association was founded in 1943 to promote the interchange of ideas, to stimulate research, and to encourage the highest standard of quality care in the practice of endodontics (performing root canals). Endodontics was recognized by the American dental Association as a dental specialty in 1963. Endodontists' advanced surgical and non-surgical skills make them uniquely qualified to treat routine as well as complex root canal cases. The care they provide is supported by intensive education on how to perform the very best endodontics. After completing dental school, endodontists complete a two- or three-year advanced dental school program that focuses only on endodontic science and procedures. The Association provides continuing education courses for practicing endodontists, so they can continue to be knowledgeable about state-of-the-art research, clinical procedures, and technology. Through this advanced knowledge, they can reward patients with the very best of endodontic care. The association sponsors the AAE Foundation, a charitable organization promoting the advancement of the science of endodontics through education and funding of quality research in the field of endodontics and pulp biology. The Association also sponsors the American Board of Endodontics, the national board responsible for certifying members as Diplomates through rigorous oral and written exams.

Review Date: January 30, 2009

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American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is defined by the American Dental Association as the specialty of dentistry which includes the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the bone and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region.

Review Date: November 20, 2008

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American Board of Orthodontics

This specialty board in dentistry offers a certification program for orthodontists. Certification, which is a voluntary process, provides an extensive review of the orthodontist's basic education, as well as an intensive assessment of the orthodontist's clinical expertise. The Board was established on July 16, 1929.

Review Date: February 12, 2009

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American College of Prosthodontists

The American College of Prosthodontists is the professional association of dentists with advanced specialty training who are the experts in creating optimal oral health, both in function and appearance including dental implants, dentures, veneers, crowns and teeth whitening.

Review Date: June 08, 2009

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American Dental Association

The American Dental Association (ADA), through its Catalog Sales Department, develops and distributes educational materials on dental health. Other services include workshops and seminars and sponsorship of National Children's Dental Health Month.

Review Date: February 18, 2009

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American Dental Hygienists' Association

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) was formed in 1923 to develop communication and mutual cooperation among dental hygienists. Today, ADHA is the largest national organization representing the professional interests of the more than 150,000 registered dental hygienists (RDHs) in the United States. The mission of the American Dental Hygienists' Association is to advance the art and science of dental hygiene by ensuring access to quality oral health care; increasing awareness of the cost-effective benefits of prevention; promoting the highest standards of dental hygiene education, licensure, practice and research; and representing and promoting the interests of dental hygienists.

Review Date: December 15, 2011

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Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors

Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) is a non-profit organization representing the directors and staff of state public health agency programs for oral health. ASTDD assists state dental programs in the development and implementation of programs and policies for the prevention of oral diseases. The Association builds awareness and strengthens dental public health professionals' knowledge and skills, providing information on oral health to health officials and policy makes, publishing a quarterly newsletter, and conducting conferences for the dental public health community.

Review Date: October 26, 2011

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Dental Lifeline Network

Dental Lifeline Network is a national nonprofit organization that provides access to dental care and education for older adults, people with disabilities, and medically fragile individuals who otherwise could not afford care.

Review Date: September 17, 2015

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National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition

This organization provides an innovative forum for collaborative partnerships of public and private organizations, employers, policymakers and consumers to promote and improve culturally and linguistically appropriate, community based services that foster healthy mothers, healthy babies and healthy families. From its inception, HMHB has focused attention on raising public awareness of the basic components of prenatal care--early care, good nutrition, avoidance of drugs--including not drinking and not smoking, and promotion of breastfeeding.

Review Date: February 02, 2011

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Organization for Safety & Asepsis Procedures

The mission of this organization is to promote dental infection control and related science-based health and safety policies and practices. OSAP supports this commitment to the dental workers and the public through quality education and information dissemination. OSAP's membership comprises individual dentists, hygienists, assistants, physicians, nurses, students, researchers, educators, policymakers, industry representatives, and agency and association staff members with an interest in dental infection control, occupational health, and practice safety.

Review Date: August 19, 2010

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Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation, Inc.

The Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation (SSF) is a nonprofit organization established to educate patients and their families about Sjogren's Syndrome, increase public and professional awareness, and encourage research into new treatments and a cure. The SSF sponsors nearly 100 support groups throughout the U.S. and Canada. These groups, run by volunteers, provide members with the opportunity to share advice and tips for living more comfortably with Sjogren's. SSF Patients seminars, offering educational opportunities with expert speakers, are offered throughout the year and are open to the public.

Review Date: August 11, 2010

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