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Brushing Up On Oral Health
Industry News and Updates for Colorado
Grant Updates
Delta Dental has released its RFA for its Oral Health Mini-Grant Project to fund projects working to improve children’s oral health in local settings. Approximately $100,000 in funding is available through this RFA, with awards ranging from $1,000 - $15,000 per grant. Applications are due June 12, 2015. Click here to apply and for more information. 
Caring for Colorado is accepting applications for its SMILES Dental Home Planning Grants. The purpose of the SMILES Dental Home is to increase opportunities for underserved populations to receive preventive oral health care in community settings where people live, work and congregate and to improve oral health for rural and underserved children and seniors in Colorado. Click here for more information about the grants and take note below of the webinar opportunity May 27 for more guidance.  The grant application deadline is July 1, 2015.
Save the Date!
May 27 -- Caring for Colorado is hosting a webinar May 27, 10 am MDT, to provide more information about its SMILES Dental Home Planning Grants opportunities and to offer guidance for the application. Click here to register for the webinar. The grant application deadline is July 1, 2015. 
May 27 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) invite you to join them Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 11 am – 12:30 pm MDT for a webinar to learn actionable strategies you can implement to begin moving toward a prevention and management approach to early childhood caries (also known as ECC). Click here for more information and to register for the webinar, “Reducing Early Childhood Tooth Decay: Approaches in Medicaid.” 
June 17 - DentaQuest will hold two Town Hall Meetings on Wednesday, June 17, at the Colorado Dental Association, 8301 E Prentice Ave, Suite 400, Greenwood Village, CO 80111. The Child Benefit will be discussed from 9–11am. The Adult Benefit will be discussed from 1–3 pm. Anyone unable to attend the meetings can dial 888-977-4700 and enter Access Id 65786.
July 16 - Join Delta Dental and OHCO for an event Thursday, July 16, 2015, to learn how to engage influencers on child oral health more effectively. This one day workshop will present tangible and easily executable ideas to reach businesses, non-profits, government and faith community. Click here for more information.
In the News
Soda and Fruit Juice are Biggest Culprits in Dental ErosionMedical News TodayNot really news to those of us in the oral health community, but Medical News Today featured an article, “Soda and fruit juice are 'biggest culprits in dental erosion” on how soft drinks are the most significant factor in severity of dental erosion, according to a new study published in the Journal of Public health Dentistry.  Click here to read more. 
What's Up With the New Fluoride Recommendations? - Health News Colorado - Executive Director  Deb Foote write an opinion piece for Health News Colorado about the new fluoride recommendations by HHS. Click here to read more.   
Policy and Legislative Updates
Older Americans Act Reauthorization of 2015. As we celebrate Older Americans Month this May, please join us in supporting Oral Health America in a sign-on letter urging Senate leadership to move S.192, the Older Americans Act Reauthorization of 2015, to the Senate floor for passage. The deadline to participate in Wednesday, May 27. Click here to sign the letter. Click here to download infographics and share this request with your own network. 
Colorado Medicaid Dental Program. Are you wondering about the updates for providers in the Colorado Medicaid Dental Program? Click here to read the CDHPF newsletter that highlights all the updates. If you want more in depth information, here is a link to the full report. 
In Case You Missed It 
Dental Caries and Tooth Loss in Adults in the United States, 2011-2012 - CDC Report - The CDC recently released a report on key areas of adult oral health.  The report highlights the very large percentage of adults with untreated decay. Among some population groups, older adults have edentulous rates of nearly 30%. Click here to read more. 
Here are a few highlights for sharing:
- Among adults aged 20-64, 91% had dental caries and 27% had untreated tooth decay.
- Untreated tooth decay was higher for Hispanic (36%) and non-Hispanic black (42%) adults compared with non-Hispanic white (22%) and non-Hispanic Asian (17%) adults aged 20-64.
- Adults aged 20-39 were twice as likely to have all their teeth (67%) compared with those aged 40-64 (34%).
- About one in five adults aged 65 and over had untreated tooth decay.
DentaQuest has posted streaming links from each of its six target area webinars--children, schools, Medicaid, Medicare, Measurement, Interprofessional Education and Coordinated Care. They can be found under 2015 Target Webinars on the DentaQuest website
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