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: 5                                 www.txohc.org                            April 30, 2013 TopBanner
In This Issue


ASTDD Distinguished Service Award for 2013 


TxOHC Legislative Update...


MCHB Expands Consensus Statement



NOHC April 28-30, 2013

Fort Worth, Texas


Texas Health Care Reform Information 


2013 Oral Health Summit
Linking Interprofessionals Together To Achieve Optimal Health

November 22-23, 2013
Austin, TX

HP2020 TxOHC Supports  
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.


Find Out Your Dental Score


A new oral health tool from Delta Dental, My Dental Score is a Self Exam that helps discover your risk for oral diseases. Find it at http://mydentalscore.com/  

TxOHC is proud to congratulate member 

Dr. David P. Cappelli, DMD, MPH, PhD

for winning the

2013 ASTDD 

Distinguished Service Award

Presented at the National Oral Health Conference in 

Huntsville, Alabama


David P. Cappelli, DMD, MPH, PhD 
Presented by Christina A. Demopoulos, DDS, MPH 

Dr. Cappelli is an Associate Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). He has also been the Director of the Dental Public Health (DPH) Residency program since 2005. Dr. Cappelli received his dental training and Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Pittsburgh. 


Subsequent to his training, he became a General Dental Officer for the US Air Force Clinic at Brooks Air Force Base. In 1988, he joined UTHSCSA faculty as a Research Instructor and since that time has excelled in teaching, advising and service while successfully maintaining an appropriate level of scholarly activity in terms of educational and research pursuits. 

Dr. Cappelli received his certificate in DPH from UTHSCSA in 1999 and maintains his board certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health (ABDPH). 
While working with the UTHSCSA School of Dentistry, Dr. Cappelli pursued his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Epidemiology from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health. He finished his training in 2002.


Dr. Cappelli is an associate member of ASTDD and is a member of the ASTDD workgroup tasked with updating the Best Practice Approach Report for workforce activities. He has dedicated his career to dental public health and to preparing and educating residents about the importance of meaningful community engagement. His passion and commitment to the specialty is apparent in his mentoring and teaching of pre-doctoral dental students and DPH residents. 

In addition to his commitment to teaching and research, Dr. Cappelli has excelled in his level of service while at
UTHSCSA. He is a member of various professional organizations and oversees preventive programs that offer services to underserved populations.

Dr. Cappelli is very deserving of the ASTDD Distinguished Service Award for his many years of research, service and teaching in the DPH field.


 TxOHC Legislative Update...


SB 8 - House Public Health Committee hearing scheduled 5/1/13.  Relating to the provision and delivery of certain health and human services in this state, including the provision of those services through the Medicaid program and the prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse in that program and other programs.


SB 7 - House Public Health Committee hearing scheduled 4/30/13.  Relating to improving the delivery and quality of certain health and human services, including the delivery and quality of Medicaid acute care services and long-term services and supports.

SB 162 - Placed on Local and Consent Calendars 5/2/13.  Relating to the occupational licensing of spouses of members of the military and the eligibility requirements for certain occupational licenses issued to applicants with military experience.

HB 502 - Senate referred to Health and Human Services Committee 4/29/13 (teeth whitening) Relating to the practice of dentistry.

HB 1491 - Scheduled for hearing in Senate Health and Human Services Committee 5/2/13. Relating to the temporary licensing of a dentist who performs voluntary charity care.

HB 1395 - Referred to Senate Health and Human Services Committee 4/30/13. Relating to the exemption of registered dental laboratories from certain distributing and manufacturing licensing requirements.

HB 595 - House report sent to Calendars 4/30/13. (Statewide Data Collection System) Relating to certain health programs and councils.

HB 3201 - House placed on General State Calendar 5/2/13.  Relating to the practice of dentistry; imposing surcharges and fees.


April 2013, Maternal and Child Health Bureau releases expansion of their policy consensus statement
Oral Health Care During Pregnancy:  
A National Consensus Statement-Summary of an Expert Workgroup Meeting.
Implementation of the guidance in the consensus statement will help foster change by improving health professionals' awareness of the importance of oral health during pregnancy and their understanding that it is safe to provide oral health care to pregnant women; in turn, the oral health of pregnant women and, ultimately, of their children, will improve.

Summary of Consensus Statement
The consensus statement provides guidance on oral health care for pregnant women for both prenatal care health professionals and oral health professionals.  It also includes a summary of pharmacological considerations for pregnant women and guidance that health professionals can share with pregnant women about how to maintain their oral health and how to take care of their infant's oral health.

Guidance for Prenatal Care Health Professionals
Prenatal care health professionals can assess a pregnant woman's oral health status by taking an oral health history, checking the mouth for problems, and documenting findings in the woman's medical record.  They can also advise women about oral health care by reassuring them that it is safe throughout pregnancy; advising them about scheduling an appointment with a dentist; providing a referral to an oral health professional, if needed; and encouraging them to seek oral health care, practice good oral hygiene, eat healthy foods, and follow oral health professionals' recommendations.
Guidance for Oral Health Professionals
Oral health professionals can assess a pregnant woman's oral health status by reviewing her medical and dietary histories, including use of tobacco, alcohol, and recreational drugs; consulting with prenatal health care professionals, as necessary; performing a comprehensive oral examination; and taking radiographs when clinically indicated.
Oral health professionals can also provide pregnant women with oral disease management and treatment by offering emergency or acute care at any time during pregnancy, as indicated by the condition; developing, discussing, and providing a comprehensive care plan; using standard practice when placing restorative materials; using a rubber dam during endodontic procedures and restorative procedures; and positioning pregnant women appropriately during care.
The vast majority of pharmacological agents that are prescribed by dentists for routine care can be used for pregnant women; these include analgesics, antibiotics, anesthetics, and over-the-counter antimicrobials.
Ordering Information
The consensus statement and information on how to request single or multiple print copies, and implementation resources are available here.
Prepared by 
National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University
E-mail:  OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu 
National Oral Health Conference
April 28-30, 2014
 Fort Worth, Texas 
April 26-27, 2014
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