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:
  • advocate for a governmental oral health presence in each state and territory,
  • increase awareness of oral health as an important and integral part of overall health,
  • address health equity,
  • promote evidence-based oral health policy and practice, and
  • assist in the development of initiatives to prevent and control 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.

Apply online for ASTDD Membership

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

  • Oral Health Matters - The winter 2016 edition of the ASTDD newsletter; meet members and associate members, check out state shots, and much more. (March 2016)
  • Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors Competencies and Public Health Accreditation Board Standards and Measures Crosswalk - This crosswalk highlights the congruency of the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors' Competencies for State Oral Health Programs and the Public Health Accreditation Board's Standards and Measures. (May 2016)
  • If your state does not have a written oral health surveillance plan or has one that needs to be updated, then you might be interested in ASTDD's Oral Health Surveillance Plan Template. The template is designed to help states with the cumbersome process of writing, revising or updating an oral health surveillance plan. The template is a complete surveillance plan document that, with a small amount of effort, can be modified to a customized document for your state. The template includes background information on the importance of public health surveillance, the importance of oral health surveillance, and a core set of indicators to include in a state oral health surveillance system (OHSS). (May 2016)
    Oral Health Surveillance Plan Template Instructions
  • ASTDD 2015 Annual Report
  • ASTDD 2016 Awards
  • ASTDD 2016 Fluoridation Awards
  • ASTDD has developed a Dental Public Health 101 learning module for state oral health program staff and others interested in learning more about dental public health. (March 2016)
  • Connecting for Social Good: Using Social Marketing to Improve Oral Health - On March 23, 2016, the ASTDD Communications committee hosted a webcast, Connecting for Social Good: Using Social Marketing to Improve Oral Health. Social marketing, as distinct from social media, has become increasingly recognized as a useful approach to craft and deliver oral health messages. Not only does this communications approach provide us with an effective way to reach and gain the attention of our audience, but also to increase their awareness of our message, influence their perceptions, and even change oral health behaviors. This presentation examined the basic principles of social marketing. It looked at social marketing's many components and outlined the elements necessary to create, implement, and sustain a successful oral health social marketing campaign. By examining the successes, limitations, and lessons learned from Maryland's Healthy Teeth, Healthy Kids and other social marketing campaigns, this session offered participants the opportunity to create an informed and realistic set of expectations of what can (and cannot) be achieved through the social marketing approach. (March 2016)
  • Oropharyngeal Cancer and HPV: What's the Latest? - On March 24, the ASTDD Healthy Aging committee hosted an "Oropharyngeal Cancer and HPV: What's the Latest?" coffee break call. Dr. Mahnaz Fatahzadeh, DMD, MSD, from the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine presented information on the epidemiology, risk factors and clinical presentation of oral cancer and in particular HPV positive oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas. Dr. Fatahzadeh also shared an article, Prevention & Early Detection of Oral Cancer: A Professional Responsibility, which is posted on the AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) Program website. AETC is the training arm of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. Also check out this 2-page fact sheet on HPV and oropharyngeal cancer from the CDC. (March 2016)
  • Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child = Better Oral Health – On February 29, 2016, members of the ASTDD School and Adolescent Oral Health Committee presented the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child = Better Oral Health webcast. Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of children between 5 and 17 years of age, helping them to establish lifelong behaviors that promote health and wellness. Schools may also play a role in promoting the integration of oral health with general health and well-being. Research demonstrates a link between general health and dental health outcomes and academic success. For more than 10 years, ASTDD's School and Adolescent Oral Health Committee has promoted the integration of oral health into a comprehensive model of school health. This webinar targeting dental directors, sealant program coordinators and stakeholders, reviewed the components of an e-toolkit and provided recommendations for incorporating dental health into the CDC's Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) school health model. In addition to the recording, the PowerPoint slides are available for individuals who were not able to participate in the webcast. (February 2016)
  • EndCavities.org Coffee Break – On February 23, 2016 ASTDD and the Children's Dental Health Project (CDHP) hosted a coffee break on the new CDHP website, EndCavities.org. Nearly one in four children ages 2-5 has experienced tooth decay, and the rate of untreated decay is highest for children of color. The human and economic costs of Early Childhood Caries (ECC) are troubling, especially because this is nearly always a preventable disease. The Children's Dental Health Project (CDHP) has launched an online resource aimed at helping health and children's advocates, health professionals and policymakers change the conversation about ECC by focusing on opportunities to prevent or halt the disease process. In this ASTDD Coffee Break, CDHP's Matt Jacob briefed ASTDD members about EndCavities.org. In addition to the recording, the PowerPoint slides are available for individuals who were not able to participate in the webcast.
  • The State Oral Health Workforce: Examining the Present and Planning for the Future at the State Health Agency Level - On Friday, February 19, 2016, ASTDD and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials partnered to present "The State Oral Health Workforce: Examining the Present and Planning for the Future at the State Health Agency Level." Oral health is an essential component of overall health and well-being, but it is becoming increasingly clear that optimal oral health can't be achieved without a strong, well trained, and efficiently utilized dental public health workforce. The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors hosted a webinar exploring strategies and best practices for developing a strong oral health workforce within state health agencies. Presenters includes Dr. Karyl Rattay, the Director of the Delaware Division of Public Health, who spoke to the important role state oral health programs play in the mission of State Health Agencies; Dr. Greg McClure, ASTDD President-elect who provided examples from the Delaware State Oral Health Program; Elizabeth Harper, Director of Workforce Research at ASTHO, who shared relevant findings from The Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS); and Dr. Don Marianos, State Development and Enhancement Committee Co-Lead at ASTDD, who shared highlights from a new report on best practices for developing workforce capacity in state oral health programs. In addition to the recording, the PowerPoint slides are available for individuals who were not able to participate in the webcast.
  • ASTDD Services - ASTDD provides state and territorial oral health programs with technical assistance, support and learning opportunities to help them build effective programs and systems, and implement environmental change strategies.  This brochure describes the various types of technical assistance with associated tools and resources available from ASTDD. (September 2015)

Upcoming Meetings

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2017 National Oral Health Conference
April 24 - 26, 2017; Pre-Conference April 22-23, 2017
Albuquerque, NM

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