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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 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)

The Into the Mouths of Babes (IMB) project trains medical providers to deliver preventive oral health services to high-risk children. Services are provided from the time of tooth eruption until age 3½ (42 months), including oral evaluation and risk assessment, parent/caregiver education, fluoride varnish application, and referral to a dental home as needed. The goal is to prevent and reduce early childhood tooth decay in North Carolina. The provider is reimbursed through N.C. Medicaid.

Tooth Talk

Tooth Talk, a collaboration of UNC-CH Gillings School of Global Public Health and the N.C. Division of Public Health, Oral Health Section, is a website of news and tips that supports childcare providers in their efforts to improve the oral health of very young children. Updated each week, the site also offers users an opportunity to subscribe to a free, brief weekly email containing important dental health news and information about kids. This helpful website includes:

  • Brief videos on everything from toothbrushing to fluoride varnish to how to communicate with parents.
  • Speak Out: Survey of the Month, where users get to talk about what’s up in their world and share challenges and best practices. 
  • Ask the Expert: Question of the Month, where a panel of experts answers users’ questions about kids’ dental health.
  • Short articles and tips about children’s oral health.
  • A list of links to valuable resources.





Updated: October 5, 2018