Texas Oral Health Coalition
It shall be the mission of the Texas Oral Health Coalition to promote oral health across the lifespan. The purpose of the coalition is to promote optimal oral health for all Texans through statewide partnerships.
   Volume: 1, Issue: 2                                 www.txohc.org                          February 25, 2013 TopBanner
In This Issue


Suspension of Main Dentist Requirement Ends Feb. 28, 2013


New SBDE Rules effective 05/01/13
Tobacco-Free Kids Day March 20, 2013
SB 8 regarding Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse approved in Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee 

New resource from National Center on Health
Texas Health Care Reform Information
March 1, 2013 issue Texas Register
SBDE Rule Actions
American Association for Community Dental Programs Symposium & 
National Oral Health Conference Registration 


2013 Oral Health Summit

November 22-23, 2013

Wyndham Garden Hotel in Austin
Two Minutes for Oral Health

Visit Healthy Mouths Healthy Lives to find fun tips and cartoons for encouraging 

kids to take care of their teeth.



2min2x is a 3-year website campaign developed by the Ad Council and the Partnership for

Healthy Mouths.  Visit today and learn how you can get involved.


Suspension to Main Dentist Requirement Ends February 28, 2013


The suspension to the main dentist requirement ends February 28, 2013. On March 1, MCNA Dental and DentaQuest will require that a patient is served by their main dentist. Medicaid and CHIP patients were mailed a letter in late November with their new dental plan information and given time to contact their new dental plan to verify their main dentist.

Please visit the Texas Health and Human Services Commission website for more information.


Webinar offered on New SBDE Rule on Use of Abbreviations By Dentists


March 26, 2013 Dental Compliance Specialists host webinar.


Register now and learn about the new Texas State Board of Dental Examiners rules regarding marketing and advertising that go into effect 05/01/2013 to ensure you are in compliance. 

Texas Department of State Health Services recently announced

March 20, 2013 is Texas

Tobacco-Free Kids Day!

Do you want your school and community to be safer and healthier? Do you support tobacco-free living? Join youth from throughout Texas on March 20 for the 2013 Texas Tobacco-Free Kids Day (TTFKD)!

Students all over Texas are organizing activities encouraging people to Stand Up, Speak Up, and Be Tobacco Free to combat the efforts and influence of the tobacco industry, and we're inviting you to take part in this annual awareness day. Follow these three simple steps to be a part of this statewide event:

1. Plan it

Putting on a successful event takes planning, but we've got an easy way for you to get started! Check out our new and improved website at www.TxSayWhat.com, which offers TONS of resources and ideas for your projects - including $500 mini-grants to help fund your ideas! Go to the Say What! website, click on Events, then Texas Tobacco-Free Kids Day for more details! 

2. Do it!
Host your event on or around March 20 and take part in the largest youth tobacco prevention awareness day in the country!

3. Report it!
Once you've completed your project, go to http://txsaywhat.com/events/details/ttfkd and fill out the TTFKD reporting form or Log In and submit the final specs of your event!

The goal of TTFKD is to get every school in Texas involved in the effort to help students make healthy choices by not using tobacco today and in the future. Make a positive difference in your community and join the Say What! movement in Texas -Students, Adults and Youth Working Hard Against Tobacco!


The Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services unanimously approved SB 8 by Senator Jane Nelson Tuesday, February 19, 2013


SB 8 hopes to eliminate the epidemic levels of fraud, waste and abuse in our Medicaid system. The bill now moves to the full Senate for further consideration. "We must ensure that the money we are spending on Medicaid is going to services that Texans actually need and receive, and not to criminals who are defrauding the system," said Senator Nelson. "Every dollar that goes to fraud, waste or abuse is a dollar we can't spend on someone who truly needs it."

Reprint from Senator's Nelson's Capitol Digest.


The National Center on Health (NCH) is pleased to offer a new oral health resource. 


The monthly Brush Up on Oral Health newsletter provides Head Start staff with information on best and promising practices in oral health, current research, practical tips, frequently asked questions, and recipes for healthy snacks. Health and social service professionals interested in improving the oral health of pregnant women, infants, and children enrolled in Head Start and their families may also find the newsletter helpful.

Excerpted from the ECLKC Brush Up on Oral Health page where current and previous issues of the Brush Up on Oral Health Newsletter can be found.  


Health Care Reform Implementation Status and Developments in Texas

Keep up with the latest news at KidsWell State Overview.  


State Board of Dental Examiners

 Guidelines for Searching the Texas Register  

Texas Register:

Rulemaking action for 22 TAC section 101.8, final repeal in the 03/01/2013 issue. 

Ref: TRD 201300666


Rulemaking action for 22 TAC section 101.8, adopted in the 03/01/2013 issue.  

Ref: TRD 201300665


Rulemaking action for 22 TAC section 107.66, adopted in the 03/01/2013 issue. 

Ref: TRD 201300662


Rulemaking action for 22 TAC section 107.67, adopted in the 03/01/2013 issue. 

Ref: TRD 201300662 


Rulemaking action for 22 TAC section 107.68, adopted in the 03/01/2013 issue. 

Ref: TRD 201300662

National Oral Health Conference 


The American Association for Community Dental Programs (AACDP) will hold its annual symposium in conjunction with the National Oral Health Conference,

www.nationaloralhealthconference.comThe Annual Symposium will be held in Huntsville, Alabama, April 20-21 and April 23. Review the agenda and register at www.aacdp.com.


AACDP is seeking nominations for the Myron Allukian Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievements in Community Dental Programs.  The award recognizes an individual who has shown exemplary achievements in community programs to improve oral health.  Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague

 for this important award!


Send the nominee's name, credentials, title, contact information, justification (not more than 2 pages) why the candidate should receive the award, and CV if possible.


Send the materials by February 28, 2013 to Myron Allukian Jr., AACDP Awards Committee Chair, by e-mail at 

myalluk@aol.com  or by mail at Myron Allukian Jr., Awards Committee Chair, 46 Louders Lane, Boston, MA 02130.  


Past recipients of the award include: 

2004: Myron Allukian Jr., DDS, MPH, Boston, MA

2005: Robert Dumbaugh, DDS, MPH, West Palm Beach, FL
2006: Larry Hill, DDS, MPH, Cincinnati, OH 

2007: Major W. Tappan, DDS, MPH, Denver, CO

2008: Jared Fine, DDS, MPH, Alameda County, CA

2009: Susan M. Sanzi-Schaedel, RDH, MPH, Multnomah County, OR
2010: Ron J. Nagel, DDS, MPH, Anchorage, AK
2011: David A. Soricelli, DDS, Coatesville, PA
2012: Timothy R. Collins, DDS, MPH, Los Angeles, CA

If you have any questions about the award, please contact Myron Allukian Jr. at myalluk@aol.com.




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