Guidelines for Rural Oral Health Programs
Rural communities are using evidence-based practices and guidelines to develop rural oral health programs. For
example, rural oral health programs that serve infants and children are incorporating the American Academy of
Pediatric Dentistry's recommendations and guidelines related to treatment options for early childhood caries,
perinatal oral healthcare, infant oral healthcare, oral healthcare for the pregnant adolescent, and management
of the dental patient with special healthcare needs. The American
Dental Association Science & Research Institute website may help rural communities to identify
clinical recommendations and guidelines for oral health programs.
Resources to Learn More
Compendium of Rural
Oral Health Best Practices
Collection of concise, detailed information about rural oral health programs being implemented across the U.S.
Covers purpose of each program, implementation challenges, program effectiveness, and funding.
Organization(s): National Rural Health Association (NRHA)
2030: Oral Conditions
Overview of Healthy People 2030 objectives on oral health and related topics including reducing untreated tooth
decay in adults and adolescents, improving access and quality, preventive care, healthy eating and nutrition,
and public health policy.
Organization(s): Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)