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Health Literacy in Dentistry

2018 Health Literacy Essay Contest 

The ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention (CAAP) sponsored its first pilot health writing contest for dental students in 2015 per the suggestion of Dr. Sorin Teich, Associate Professor, Department of Comprehensive Care and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. The Ohio Dental Association also collaborated on the initiative. The objectives of the contest are to increase students' knowledge about health literacy principles and build their skills in writing plain language. For more information please click on the box above to visit the Health Literacy Essay Contest page. 
 

ADA policy defines oral health literacy as the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate oral health decisions. It also recognizes that by improving health literacy, patients are better stewards of their own health. You can improve health literacy by using simple communication with the patient and confirming comprehension so that the risk of miscommunication is minimized. You can support patients' efforts to improve their oral health by using strategies that make the dental office environment and health care system easier to navigate.


Other Health Literacy Resources

What is Health Literacy in Dentistry?

Increasing the Dental Team's Knowledge about Health Literacy

Improving the Health Literacy Environment of the Dental Office

Consumer Education

For additional information, please contact

Sharee Clough, RDH, MS Ed cloughs@ada.org
Manager, Preventive Health Activities
Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention
312.440.2775