Friday, November 6
Public Oral Health 101
Friday, November 6
8:00 am - 9:00 am


  • Bonnie Branson (Speaker) Professor, University of Arkansas Fort Smith


According to the American Dental Association (ADA), dental public health is “the science and art of preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts.” A misconception is that dental public health’s purpose is to only provide assistance to low income families. The dental public health framework monitors the oral health status of communities, overseeing community-based dental disease prevention programs and establishing policies to maintain and improve oral health and access to care in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and community health centers. Dr. Bonnie Branson has decades of experience teaching about dental public health at the dental schools at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Arkansas. She will share insight about role of a dentist and dental hygienist in public health and how they can create a shared vision of optimal health and improve disparities in oral health.

Learning objectives:

  • Establish a basic understanding of dental public health
  • Raise awareness of issues relevant to dental public health and the challenges it presents to the communities

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