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October 9, 2019
Volume 10, Issue 41


This Event Will Have Your Circles Talking!

We have been hearing a lot of conversation around our conference coming up November 8! Many are excited about our topics and are thrilled about our speakers! Someone called our office worried they missed the registration deadline. The last day to register online is Friday, November 1 by 5pm or at the door on November 8. Our registration is filling up fast! We have to cut off registration when we meet capacity so please don’t wait to sign up!

Below is a list of presentations and speakers!

Innovations: Using Teledentistry to Increase Access
Nathan Suter, DDS
Access Teledentistry,Green Leaf Dental Care
House Springs, Missouri

Integration: How Interprofessional Collaborations Can Improve Oral Health
Jonalan Smith, PharmD
Mission, Kansas

Equity: Communities Keeping Kansans Healthy
Members of Dental Champions Leadership Program Class IX

Leading People for Oral Health Excellence
Timothy L. Ricks, DMD, MPH
Rear Admiral (RADM), Assistant Surgeon General
Chief Dental Officer, U.S. Public Health Service
Rockville, MD

Keynote Address:
Carlos Rodriquez, RDH
Comedian & Podcast Host
Atlanta, GA

Single registration rate: $120
Registration + new guest rate: $170
Student rate: $30

Date: Friday, November 8
Location: K-State Olathe Campus
22201 W. Innovation Dr.
Olathe, KS 66061

For more conference details and sign up, click here!
Conference attire is business casual!



Want To Help Your Patients Quit Smoking?

There are a variety of training resources available for practitioners who want to engage with their customers to support quitting tobacco and to offer treatment for tobacco dependence.  

  • NAMI Kansas has released a one hour online training on Navigating the Reimbursement Maze which can be found on the TRAIN platform by searching for Tobacco Dependence Treatment: Coverage, Billing, and Reimbursement or course number 1085269.  Get started at https://www.train.org/ks
  • KDHE’s Brief Tobacco Intervention (BTI) online training is based on national clinical practice guidelines for treating tobacco use and dependence.  The BTI training is about an hour in length and has been approved for CEUs.  Get started at the following link: www.KSTobaccoIntervention.org
  • For individuals interested in certification as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS), KUMed has been providing training events for the last three years which has reached an estimated 150 individuals using the University of Massachusetts curriculum.  Beginning by late spring 2020, they will be offering an online TTS training.  The University of Kentucky has an online TTS training which they offer 3 times per year. The Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs lists all accredited programs across the country.  Jeannette Garcia, a consultant based in Kansas, is a provider of the University of Massachusetts TTS training. She can provide the TTS training on site for agencies which are interested.
  • SAMHSA’s Quick Guide for Program Directors and Clinicians on Implementing Tobacco Cessation Treatment for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness. 



Oral Health Prevention Primer

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is pleased to announce publication of the Oral Health Prevention Primer, an interactive online resource for pediatricians and providers who want to do more to address the oral health needs of children. The Oral Health Prevention Primer is designed to help pediatricians and other health professionals address oral health in practice, understand the roles of oral health allies, and learn how to collaborate and advocate to achieve optimal oral health for their community to prevent dental disease before it starts.

This resource provides important information for topics such as:

  • How do I advocate for patients and policies?
  • How do I learn more about oral health?
  • How do I integrate dental services into my practice?

    To learn more, click here!



Parents! Don't Forget The Mouth Guard

A recent national survey of parents, sponsored by Delta Dental, indicates a widespread lack of mouth guard use in sporting activities that pose risks to children's teeth and facial bones. According to the Children's Oral Health Survey, a majority of American children are not wearing mouth guards during basketball (72%), soccer (71%), and baseball (70%), among other sports. Read the survey results here.

Mouth guards should be used by anyone, both children and adults who play contact sports such as football, boxing, soccer, ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and field hockey. Mouth guards also help to avoid chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth, or even tooth loss.



Where Is Oral Health Kansas?

Come see us at the upcoming events! We'll be exhibiting and sharing our resources!

October 11: Kansas State Nurses Association, Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 SW Topeka Boulevard, Topeka, Kansas

October 19: Will To Succeed Foundation Health Fair, 7250 State Ave, Kansas City, Kansas

October 23 & 24: Kansas Library Association Conference, 6100 College Boulevard,
Overland Park, Kansas





This past weekend we enjoyed a beautiful wedding! On October 5, we were honored to witness the wedding celebration of our Policy Director, Christi Nance, to her new husband, Kyle Wells. Congratulations to you both!






Our Fall Reservations Are Coming In!

The October month is booked! Get your reservation in before another month gets booked!Or purchase a Sugary Drink Display to have as your own!

What is a Sugary Drink Display? It's our drink display that has 10 popular beverages and shows how much sugar is in each. You can reserve a child drink display or an adult drink display for a month.

We will do our best to fulfill requests of less than 30 days but there is no guarantee.

There is no charge to use the Sugary Drink Display; postage is reimbursed if you send in your receipt. All we ask is for you to fill out our survey included in the display materials and provide us with feedback about the display. Click here to make a reservation!

Interested in purchasing a Sugary Drink Display? Click here to download our brochure.



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