Volume: 3, Issue: 6                                             www.txohc.org                                               May 11, 2015
In This Issue


Texas Headliners


HHS & CDC Official Announcement on Fluoridation


2015 Texas Oral Health Summit 


New Opportunities 


2015 TX Legislative Update


Annual Geriatric Dental Symposium - TAMUBCD


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April 27, 2015, the U.S. Health and Human Services announce the final Public Health Service (PHS) recommendation regarding optimal fluoride concentrations in drinking water for community water systems.  The PHS has officially lowered the optimal fluoride concentration to 0.7 milligrams/liter (mg/L) parts per million (ppm) in the United States.     
In previous years, the amount of fluoride added to community water systems was based on air temperatures and geographic areas that led to a range from 0.70 - 1.2 mg/L.  People living in warmer climates drank more water, so their optimal fluoride level was at the low end of the scale and those residing in colder climates were at the high end of the scale.  The national optimal average was 1.0 mg/L fluoride.
With the advent of air conditioning and additional forms of fluoride exposure, new research shows there is no longer a difference in the consumption of water based on outdoor air temperature of geographic areas, so the HHS recommended lowering the fluoride concentration optimal rate to 0.7  mg/L to provide the best balance of protection from dental caries while limiting the risk of dental fluorosis. Dental fluorosis is shown to occur at 2.0 mg/L. 

For all the latest information on fluoride pleas e v isit  www.ilikemyteeth.com.

TxOHC Offers
New Opportunities 
TxOHC  is pleased to report a few new opportunities for our members to utilize.

The TxOHC website has a new page under <Resources> called <Career Center >.   Employers may submit job opportunities and we in tur n wil l advertis e the se  p ositions on our social media network for a small fee.


Another exciting opportunity is to participate on our new Blog.  Members are encouraged to submit articles to post and comment on what is posted. Take a look at our first blog and let us know your thoughts.


We are always trying to improve our website, increase our social media footprint and offer more value to our members.  


In the constant fight to retain community fluoridation we have added a TxOHC Fluoridation Facebook page to go with our Fluoride for Texas website.  Please Like us and share with your colleagues.  


We also would like more Likes on our TxOHC Facebook page.  We're almost at 200, and need your help to grow our network.  


Please submit any ideas you have to improve our value for our members and don't forget to check out the Oral Health Summit page.  We hope to see you all in November.

Annual Geriatric Dental Symposium

Dr. Eleanore Paunovich will be the guest speaker at the
Friday May 15, 2015
9:45 am - 5:00 pm
Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, Room 6

This year's symposium will take a closer look at some of the age- related physical, medical, functional and cognitive changes that may challenge the oral health of older adults. The oral health care team will discover strategies to ensure senior patients are receiving safe, appropriate and comfortable care.

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Learn what TxOHC advocates for to help improve the oral health  for all Texans    

Share the latest news in this e-brief with your friends and colleagues. 

Dr. David Cappelli, DMD, MPH, PhD   
as  recently  installed       as the new President  of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) during their annual meeting at the National Oral Health Conference April 28, 2015.
Dr. Sarah Dirks, DDS 
was   recently  invited to join the National Board of Directors for DentaQuest.
Sharon Dickinson, CDA, RDA, CDPMA
was recently installed as President for the Texas Dental Assistant's Association for a second term during the Texas Dental Association's annual conference May 7, 2015.
Congratulations to all of our esteemed members.   TxOHC is so proud to have you as an active coalition member!  


for the 2015
Texas Oral Health Summit

November 5-7, 2015

2015 Texas Oral Health Summit
"Strengthening the Network"

The Texas Oral Health Coalition (TxOHC) is excited to bring nationally acclaimed speakers from across the nation to present during the 2015 Texas Oral Health Summit at the Omni Colonnade in San Antonio, TX.

Join us November 5-7, 2015 and learn how to incorporate oral health education and prevention into primary care and integrate oral health curricula in primary care health education programs.  Attendees will also l earn how to utilize teledentistry  to increase access to care, achieve sustainable behavior change through motivational interviewing, plus lots, lots more.
Make plans today to attend this premier public health education event that promises a variety of educational sessions, expert speakers and plenty of networking opportunities. 

To view summit details that include; topics, speakers, objectives, summit schedule, registration and hotel information, please visit our website program page.

Online registration will open September 1st., so please save the date Nov. 5-7, 2015 until then.

Poster Presentations:
In our efforts to increase participation for our Poster Presentations event presenters do not have to be registered for the summit.  Please read the Poster Presentation Guidelines and  Application  for complete details and  send in your application soon to secure your place an opportunity to win a monetary award.  

Opening Reception:
Relax and unwind with colleagues during this fun-filled opening reception scheduled for  Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  A new twist for this year is that attendees may be registered for any one of the three summit day(s) and attend the opening reception Thursday evening.  

Avoid rush hour traffic and enjoy light hors d' oeuvres while visiting with friends and exhibitors.  Pick up an extra 1.0 CEU and learn about presenters' scientific research, community-based programs or projects in Texas.  And don't forget to bid on those "must have" items in our silent auction.  Money raised during this event go to support the infrastructure of our valuable coalition.  
Silent Auction Donations:
Please consider donating an item and join the fun 
to help raise money for TxOHC.
Donate something you would enjoy or reach out to a local company for a donation to help promote their brand.  Donating products or services are a nice way to share the brands you like with other health providers, while supporting the Texas Oral Health Coalition, Inc., our favorite 501c3 nonprofit.
Please complete the donation form and submit to Beth Stewart  by October 5, 2015.

*** 2015 Texas Legislative Update  ***

With less than 22 days remaining in this legislative session where do the oral health related bills now stand?

Updated: May 11, 2015


HB1581 -  
5/6-Reported favorably w/o amendment(s)
5/11/2015  H Committee report sent to Calendars
Relating to the duty of a water supply system to provide certain information to consumers regarding fluoride in drinking water. 
TxOHC  opposes this bill, see why here.
3/2-Referred to Health & Human Services Committee
HB1940 - 4/7-Left pending in committee
Relating to the improvement of oral health care access through the regulation of dental hygiene practitioners, dental hygienists, and dentists in this state. 

CSSB571 - 4/6-Left pending in committee
HB1409 - 4/24-Committee report sent to Calendars
Relating to the regulation of the practice of dental hygiene.
Substitution approved by committee to remove the baccalaureate requirement as all Texas hygienists pass the same National Board Exam and the State Licensing Exam. 

SB1400 - 4/29-Left pending in committee 
HB3348 - 5/11 Passed out of House.  Reported engrossed and referred to Higher Education Senate Committee.  
Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.
Includes Dental Hygiene programs that meet specific criteria.  

Relating to the qualifications for a coronal polishing certificate.
Change in statute to include clinical and didactic education in coronal polishing taken in dental schools and dental hygiene schools that are accredited by CODA and the SBDE, but also includes programs offered by a Texas dental industry professional organization approved by the board only.


SB960 - 5/6- Left pending in committee  
HB2330 - 4/28-Left pending in committee  
Relating to the right of a dentist to contract for certain services.


HB2266 - 3/13- Referred to Public Health  
Relating to the membership of the State Board of Dental Examiners.
Replaces one of the dentists on the SBDE with a dental technician.  


SB150 - 4/13- Not again placed on intent calendar 
HB812 - 2/23 Referred to Higher Education
Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds to fund capital projects at public institutions of higher education; making an appropriation.


SB425 - 4/16 Passed through the Senate, Sent to the House
5/6 - H Committee sent report to Calendars  
Relating to health care information provided by and notice of facility fees charged by certain freestanding emergency medical care facilities and the availability of mediation.


The 84th Texas Legislative Session began January 13, 2015 and will run through June 1, 2015. 

For a listing of the current dental related bills in the House and Senate, please visit  TxOHC.org/Legislation_TSBDE

To check on a bill's status go to 
and  type in the House or Senate bill number.

How to find out what district you are in and who represents you, type in your zip code here.