Bonnie Branson

Professor, University of Arkansas Fort Smith

Dr. Branson has been in dental education for over forty years at several universities, most recently retired from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. She currently teaches at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. She is licensed in dental hygiene and has a PhD in education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Her expertise in dental public health is documented with a certificate in public health from the University of Iowa and numerous experiences in the field. She has served as a Board Director for oral health coalitions, faith-based community health centers and state dental hygienists’ associations. She has been a program developer for numerous public health programs, the most notable being a state-wide fluoride varnish and screening project in Missouri which reaches over 90,000 children per year. She has been funded by regional grant agencies to provide oral health promotion programs and health care delivery in long term care facilities.

Bonnie is speaking at

November 6, 2020
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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