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CDHC Education and Training


CDHCs are trained to interact, with cultural competence, in the dentally underserved communities in which they work. They understand the people, language, and barriers to oral health in those communities; in many cases they already know the people with whom they will work. The CDHC training focuses on community outreach, coordination of care, educational and social interventions in the community, and prevention.

CDHCs are trained to:

  • Work under a dentist's supervision, and within the confines of state dental practice acts, in clinics, schools, and other public health settings with people of similar ethnic and cultural backgrounds
  • Collect information to assist dentists in triaging patients
  • Address social, environmental, and health literacy issues
  • Provide dental health education and help people develop goals to enhance their oral health
  • Coordinate care in accordance with a dentist's instructions
  • Help patients navigate the complexities of the health care system
  • Provide limited clinical services, including:
    • Screenings
    • Fluoride treatments
    • Placements of sealants
    • Coronal polishing
    • Radiographs