Association of State & Territorial Dental Directors
3858 Cashill Blvd., Reno, NV 89509
Phone 775-626-5008 Fax 775-626-9268

The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) is a national non-profit organization representing the directors and staff of state public health agency programs for oral health. It was organized in 1948 and is one of 17 affiliates of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). ASTDD formulates and promotes the establishment of national dental public health policy, assists state dental programs in the development and implementation of programs and policies for the prevention of oral diseases; builds awareness and strengthens dental public health professionals' knowledge and skills by developing position papers and policy statements; provides information on oral health to health officials and policy makers, and conducts conferences for the dental public health community.

A strong and effective governmental oral health presence in states and territories to assure optimal oral health.

ASTDD provides leadership to promote a governmental oral health presence in each state and territory, to formulate and promote sound oral health policy, to increase awareness of oral health issues, and to assist in the development of initiatives for prevention and control of oral diseases.

The ASTDD Membership consists of the chief dental public health officer (state dental director) of the state health department or equivalent agency, and the U. S. Territories. ASTDD also offers Individual or Organizational Associate Membership which is open to any public agency, voluntary organization, tribal entity and/or health professionals employed or interested in dental public health. Members and Associate members serve on and chair committee's or work groups, receive the ASTDD newsletter, are enrolled on the ASTDD list serve, and participate in the ASTDD Annual Business Meeting held in conjunction with the annual National Oral Health Conference. Individual Associate member dues are $75.00 per year. Organizational Associate Membership dues are $400 per year.

For more information about ASTDD or to apply for Associate Membership, contact Ms. Christine Wood, ASTDD Executive Director, at

ASTDD Key Messages

State Oral Health Programs make an essential contribution to public health and must be continued and enhanced. Resources to Support ASTDD Key Messages.

    • 1. A successful SOHP must have diversified funding that includes funding for state and local evidence-based programs.
    • 2. A successful SOHP needs a continuous, strong, credible, forward-thinking leader.
    • 3. A successful SOHP needs a complement of staff, consultants and partners with proficiency in the
      ASTDD Competencies for SOHPs.
    • 4. A successful SOHP needs one or more broad-based coalitions that include partners with fiscal and political clout.
    • 5. A successful SOHP must have valid data (oral health status and other) to use for evaluation, high
      quality oral health surveillance, a state oral health plan with implementation strategies, and evidence-based programs and policies.

Announcements, Publications & Documents

  • NEW - Older Adults Oral Health Webinar – Translating Data to Action - The ASTDD Policy Committee and Healthy Aging Committee partnered to host this quarterly policy webinar to provide an overview of state and federal initiatives on older adults' oral health. Medical dental collaboration integrating oral health into primary care for older adults were discussed and the webcast included a discussion of the patient centered medical home concept and the use of accountable care organizations. Tools to assist medical providers to integrate oral health into primary care for older adults were described. One state discussed its experience in collecting and using data on older adults to drive programs and policies. Listen to this recording of the webcast to learn more about Older Adults Oral Health initiatives. (March 19, 2014)
    Older Adults Oral Health Webinar – Translating Data to Action PowerPoint
  • NEW - ASTDD Members approved a new policy statement on Healthy People 2020 Oral Health Leading Health Indicator. (March 2014)
  • NEW - Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) Coffee Break (March 5, 2014) PRAMS is a surveillance system of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This Coffee Break presented information about upcoming changes related to Phase 8 of the data collection cycle for PRAMS.
  • Effective Monday March 6, 2014 the ASTDD Central Office address will be:
    3858 Cashill Blvd.
    Reno, NV. 89509
    Telephone and Fax numbers, and e-mail address will remain the same.
  • Collection of Data in Head Start(Feb. 28, 2014)
    Webinar Slides
    Webinar Q and A
  • NEW - Oral Health Matters - The winter 2014 edition of the ASTDD newsletter; meet members and associate members, check out state shots, and much more. (January 2014)
  • NEW - 10 Reasons Why State Oral Health Programs Still are Important - Because of recent changes in national and state health policy (implementation of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion), the number of individuals with access to health and dental insurance may increase. Should more people have insurance, there likely will be an increase in the number of people who seek dental care. This raises the question, "Do states still need to invest in governmental State Oral Health Programs?" The resounding answer is "Yes!"(January 2014)
  • State Synopsis Summary Report 2013 (July 2013)
  • ASTDD Annual Report 2012 (May 2013)

Upcoming Meetings

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