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Action for Dental Health

Missouri Dental Association Educates Mothers about Good Oral Health

May 27, 2014

The Missouri Dental Association (MDA) is teaming up with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to teach pregnant mothers and their children about the importance of preventive care.

The MDA is distributing information about Healthy Smiles from the Start, a multifaceted prenatal and postnatal dental health care education program for mothers and caregivers of newborns. 

“We are pleased to partner with the state’s oral health program to deliver oral health education through a joint venture contract,” said Vicki Wilbers, MDA executive director. “The contract provides a mutually beneficial relationship because we can use our expertise and access to programs and members to fulfill the delivery of oral health education to the state’s citizens, therefore saving the state time and money, and furthering our efforts for continued good relations with their programs.” 

Healthy Smiles from the Start, which was launched by the Alliance of the American Dental Association (AADA), the American Dental Association (ADA) and Henry Schein Cares (HSC), addresses the nation's growing dental health issues during pregnancy and throughout early childhood. 

The ADA’s educational materials are being distributed through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Service’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC), a nutrition program that provides services such as health screenings, risk assessments, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and health care referrals to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children five and younger. 

“We also are going to be able to engage our pediatric dentist members to go out and speak at WIC district meetings,” added Ms. Wilbers.

This is the third year of the MDA working with the state through an oral health joint venture contract, which is designed to address priorities including increasing oral healthcare access for at-risk populations and providing oral health education.