Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Oregon Health Authority Offers Two Training Sessions In Childhood Dental Health In Clatsop County, April 25-26th

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Oregon Health Authority invites dentists, pediatricians and others involved in childhood dental health to two free training sessions Wednesday and Thursday, April 25 and 26 in Clatsop County.

The “First Tooth” Project, sponsored by the Oregon Oral Health Unit, provides an overview of how to perform oral screening, conduct oral health risk assessments, provide oral health education and apply fluoride varnish for infants and young children.

Two sessions are scheduled:

· Wednesday, April 25, 12-1:30 p.m. at Providence Seaside Hospital, 725 S. Wahanna Rd., Seaside

· Thursday, April 26, 12-1:30 p.m. at Columbia Memorial Hospital Health and Wellness Pavilion, 2265 Exchange St.

Cost is free, and lunch is provided.

The program is designed for pediatricians, family physicians, allied health professionals in pediatric settings, dentists, dental hygienists and anyone with a stake in children’s oral health.

Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease – five times more common than asthma, four times more common than childhood obesity, and 20 times more common than diabetes. According to the Oregon Health Authority, between 24 and 26 percent of children in Cannon Beach and Seaside elementary schools screened in a school-based dental sealant program showed obvious tooth decay that required further treatment.

“First Tooth” is a workforce development project funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

For more information and to RSVP for a training session, contact Amy Umphlett at (971) 673-1564 or

Released by: Tom Bennett
Community Relations Coordinator
(503) 338-3622

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