Conduct the Assessment
3. Identify Existing and
Potential Resources (continued)
Community Water Fluoridation
Since community water fluoridation is one of the
primary contributors to improved oral health, it is important
to learn about the
status of water fluoridation in the community.
CDC supports a national
water fluoridation reporting system that contains data
on water fluoridation.
The state oral health and/or environmental health
office or section may be able to provide data on water fluoridation
information about alternatives to water fluoridation such
as school-based fluoride
mouth rinse programs, fluoride varnish programs, and Head
Start fluoride tablet programs. Oral health data may be collected
in general health surveys conducted by the state health department.
Questions related to community water fluoridation
Does the community have a source of fluoridated water? If it doesn’t,
how easy or difficult would it be to obtain water fluoridation?
Is a law and/or process in place to obtain water fluoridation?
What is the cost of water fluoridation?
What is the community history of water fluoridation?
Who can we work with to obtain water fluoridation for the community?
The American Dental
Association has a
useful Web site with information about community water fluoridation
(type fluoridation in the search box).
Oral Health Work Force
Learning about the capacity
of the community’s oral health
work force is critical in developing, integrating,
expanding, or enhancing community oral health programs. Information
force capacity is available from several sources.
Health Resources and Services Administration,
Bureau of Health Professions. Information about
health professions shortage
designation criteria and currently designated
areas is available via an online
State, County, and Local Dental Associations.
associations may be able to
the availability of
general dentists, pediatric dentists, oral
surgeons, periodontists, prosthodontists,
and hospital oral health services.
Dental Licensing Boards. These boards have lists of licensed
dentists and dental
may be able to provide a list of licensees
organized by zip code.
State Health Departments.
health departments generally have an organization
focuses on health work
Medicaid Offices. State
Medicaid offices may
be able to provide information
accept Medicaid and SCHIP, which
services are covered, and Medicaid and SCHIP services
It is important
about barriers to care that may exist
related to Medicaid program regulations
Primary Care Associations and Primary Care Offices.
Located in each state,
Care Associations and Primary
Care Offices may have
conducted helpful work force or
other related assessments.
Force Investment Boards. Work
force data and projections
of future needs,
resources to help expand the
oral health work force, are available online.