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Resource Highlights:
Focus on Oral Health Literacy

This collection of selected resources offers high-quality information about oral health literacy. Use the tools below for further searching, or contact us for personalized assistance.

Selected Materials in the OHRC Library

Hewitt M; Institute of Medicine, Roundtable on Health Literacy. 2013. Oral Health Literacy: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: National Academies Press. 125 pp.

This report summarizes a workshop held on March 29, 2012, in Washington, DC, to explore the field of oral health literacy. Topics include the importance of health literacy and its role in addressing oral health problems, how oral health literacy can be assessed, experiences of effective programs, state-based initiatives, and national activities.

MetLife. 2012. Equipping Parents with Important Information About Children’s Oral Health: Parental Oral Health Literacy. New York, NY: Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. 10 pp.

This report describes a survey of parents of children ages 5 and under with dental insurance to assess parents’ knowledge and behaviors related to children’s oral health. Topics include the importance of oral health to children’s overall health, establishing good oral health starting at birth, timing of the child’s first dental visit, brushing and flossing, the role of poor eating habits as an obstacle to good oral health, fluoride’s role in oral health, and bedtime pacifier and bottle habits.

National Center on Health. 2013. Brush Up on Oral Health. Elk Grove Village, IL: Head Start National Center on Health. 4 pp.

The February 2013 issue of Brush Up on Oral Health focuses on oral health literacy, why it is important, and what Head Start staff can do to improve it. Strategies include serving as a source of information for parents, offering training for parents, and identifying materials for consumers that are written in the parents’ native language and are easy to understand.

Yarbrough C, Nasseh K, Vujicic M. 2014. Key Differences in Dental Care Seeking Behavior Between Medicaid and Non-Medicaid Adults and Children. Chicago, IL: American Dental Association, Health Policy Institute. 21 pp.

This brief describes adult Medicaid beneficiaries’ understanding of the dental benefits available to them and, where applicable, to their children. The brief also describes oral health knowledge and oral-health-care-seeking behavior, comparing outcomes among adult Medicaid beneficiaries with outcomes among those enrolled in other health insurance plans.

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Resource Highlights: Focus on Health Literacy. November 2014.

Reviewers: Alice Horowitz, University of Maryland School of Public Health, Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy; John Welby, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Oral Health Literacy Campaign.


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