NACCHO and CityMatCH co-produce "Emerging Issues in MCH" (E-MCH) webinars, presenting current research, policy and practice strategies on critical issues in US public health
The facilitator for this webcast is Jayanth Kumar, DDS, MPH, Acting Director of New York State Department of Health's Bureau of Dental Health.
Oral Health plays a significant role in a woman's quality of life, her general well-being, and her reproductive health. A child's oral health can also be influenced by how healthy and strong his/her mother's teeth are. However, many barriers can prevent a woman from paying attention to or caring for her own and/or her child's oral health. For some women, it may be a lack of access issue; for others, lack of knowledge surrounding the safety of oral health care during pregnancy can prevent women from seeking, or dentists from providing, care. The mouth may be one part of the human body, but a better understanding how disease, behaviors, and societal forces interact with it reinforces the importance of protecting and advocating for the oral health of children and women.
The goal of this webcast is to convey the importance of perinatal oral health through policy and practice, and present novel partnerships among oral health programs.
Following Ms. Buerlein, Ms Sutherland, and Dr. Mouden’s presentations, participants of this webcast will be able to:
1. Describe the significance of perinatal oral health and consider policy opportunities for promoting oral health practice among this population.
2. Identify processes, results, and applications of a local level collaboration to eliminate early childhood carries by integrating preventative oral health services into WIC services.
3. Provide one example of how oral health can serve as a vehicle for identifying and responding to other public health problems, such as family violence, at the local, national and international level.