Dental Public Health Residency Program

The North Carolina Oral Health Section conducts a one-year professional residency training program for dentists who have completed formal academic training in public health, such as a Master’s in Public Health, and are seeking training in the specialty of dental public health dentistry.

Fluoride Supplementation

Supplemental fluoride has been shown to benefit primary as well as permanent teeth. Because of the potential risk of developing fluorosis, the daily administration of individualized dietary supplements of sodium fluoride (drops, tablets or vitamins with fluoride) is recommended only for children at high risk for developing dental decay and whose primary source of drinking water is deficient in fluoride. When indicated, fluoride supplements should be prescribed on a daily basis from age six months until approximately 16 years of age to provide the maximum benefits.

The Fluoride Supplementation (PDF, 197 KB) sheet provides information to dental and medical providers to assist them in determining if individual fluoride supplementations are needed to prevent dental decay in children.

Into the Mouths of Babes (IMB)

Into the Mouths of Babes is a North Carolina partnership of medical, dental, public health and academic agencies and organizations. Trained medical professionals provide preventive oral health services to NC Medicaid-insured young children at well-child visits, with the goal of preventing and reducing early childhood tooth decay. Want to learn more about IMB?

Tooth Talk, a project of Brushing Is Fun, Start by Age 1, is an easy-to-use website that gives child care providers, parents, healthcare and other professionals the latest information on improving young children’s dental health. It is a collaboration of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the NC Division of Public Health Oral Health Section, funded by The Duke Endowment through the Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation. This website is a clearinghouse of good tips, handy resources, up-to-date expert answers to frequently asked questions, and short videos designed to help parents and other adults protect young children’s healthy smiles.

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Last Modified: October 11, 2021