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Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges

As a follow up to the Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health in America, this report explores the nation's oral health over the last 20 years.

Oral Health and Prevention

Drinking Water Week 2021

For several decades, The American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join in recognizing the vital role water plays in daily lives. To commemorate the week, water utilities, water organizations, government entities, environmental advocates, schools and others throughout North America and beyond are encouraging consumers to learn more about the importance of water and water infrastructure, especially in times of crisis.

In addition to recognizing Drinking Water Week, which is May 2-8, the ADPH Oral Health Office is partnering with the city of Troy to offer continuing education hours to all Alabama water treatment plant employees at the "Modern Water" Conference on May 13. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management has approved 7 continuing education hours, and all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 protocol will be followed for the conference.

Oral Health and Community Water Fluoridation Conference
October 22, 2020

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Oral Health Office, in cooperation with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), present the WebEx virtual conference: Oral Health and Community Water Fluoridation. This course was designed and approved to grant 4 continued education hours to all Alabama public water system employees.

Dental Office Guidance for COVID-19 Protocol

Below are changes to the guidance as of July 15, 2020. This interim guidance has been updated based on currently available information about COVID-19 and the current situation in the United States.

Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic Guidance for Dental Settings

Interim U.S. Guidance for Risk Assessment and Work Restrictions for Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure to COVID-19

Public Health Guidance for Community-Related Exposure

Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection (Interim Guidance)

Strategies to Mitigate Healthcare Personnel Staffing Shortages

Interim Guidance on Testing Healthcare Personnel for SARS-CoV-2

Clinical Questions about COVID-19: Questions and Answers on Infection Control



Introducing Alabama's First State Oral Health Plan

A collaborative effort two years in the making, the Alabama Department of Public Health Oral Health Office is proud to present Alabama's first ever State Oral Health Plan. This comprehensive plan contains desired outcomes that are both attainable, sustainable, and will provide a benchmark for progress in oral health throughout the state of Alabama. The plan will focus on five primary goals: Increase access to healthcare, professional education and integration, health literacy, data and surveillance, and prevention.

View the plan and discover what's in store for the future of oral health in Alabama.

Download the Alabama State Oral Health Plan

Watch Your Mouth!

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and the Mitchell Cancer Insitute in collaboration with the Oral Health Office would like to remind you to Watch Your Mouth!

Take action to prevent oral cancer by performing your own 7-step self exam in between dental visits. For more information on oral cancer screenings visit the National Cancer Institute.

October is National Dental Hygiene Month

National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM) is kicking off, with its continuation of last year's family-focused theme "A Healthy Smile Lasts a Lifetime." Every week in the month of October is dedicated to a different event, each one celebrating various aspects of dental hygiene - from the dental hygienist to community service!

The American Dental Hygienists' Association is encouraging dental hygienists and other dental professionals and supporters across the country to get involved with NDHM this October to increase public awareness of the oral health - total health connection and the importance of educating the entire family on situations which impact their oral health.

It is imperative to start early with a daily oral care routine to help prevent cavities and periodontal disease. NDHM is the perfect time to spread that message even more - while celebrating the profession of dental hygiene!

Tobacco Quitline

Ready to quit tobacco, but not sure where to start? The AL Quitline is a free service which offers free coaching, support, and various cesation products to help you finally quit. Visit AL Tobacco Quitline or call 1-800-QUITNOW for more information.


The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is a joint research project between state departments of public health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On a personal level, moms can positively influence the success rate for future healthy pregnancies and deliveries by sharing their experiences with the PRAMS program. All information is kept strictly confidential. Mothers are randomly chosen from reported Alabama births to participate in the PRAMS survey. Mothers who complete and return the survey may choose a gift as a token of our appreciation (diapers, manicure set, insulated cooler, or PRAMS branded onesie). For more information, please visit PRAMS or call (334) 206-2923.

Page last updated: January 10, 2022