OMA policy statements on fluoridating the public water supply:
OMA recognizes the health benefits of fluoridation and has long stood in support of fluoridating public water supplies. (A-80, affirmed A-85)
OMA reaffirms its support for fluoridation and endorses a legislative effort in the in the 2007 Regular Session of the Oregon Legislature to advance community water fluoridation as a safe and effective public health strategy to prevent dental caries; and that we join the Healthy Smiles Coalition in order to demonstrate a united purpose in this effort at the 2007 Legislature. Oregon Medical Association consent to the use of its name on the letterhead of the Healthy Smiles Coalition, a group organized to support a legislative effort at the 2007 Regular Oregon Session to encourage statewide support to increase the Oregonpopulation served by community water systems with optimally fluoridated water. (I-06)
First Tooth Project
The Oregon Oral Health Program in collaboration with the Oregon Oral Health Coalition’s Early Childhood Cavities Prevention Committee is working on a three-year workforce development project called “First Tooth.” The goal of the project is to reduce early childhood caries, known as tooth decay, in Oregon by training medical and dental providers to implement preventive oral health services for infants and toddlers ages three and under. In addition, “First Tooth” works to establish collaborative relationships between medical and dental providers so that all children have access to a dental home.
“First Tooth” offers a no-cost training to medical and dental providers that is designed to help implement early childhood caries preventive services for infants and toddlers into their current practice.