The ASTDD Best Practices Project promotes best practices for state, territorial and community oral health programs. Best Practice Approaches information provided on this Web site is meant to help programs develop their best practices within the context of their environment. Through proven and promising best practices, effective programs will be better able to help achieve the Healthy People 2020 Oral Health Objectives and to meet the National Call to Action to Promote Oral Health.
For the purposes of the ASTDD Best Practices Project, a Best Practice Approach is defined as a public health strategy that is supported by evidence for its impact and effectiveness. Evidence includes research, expert opinion, field lessons, and theoretical rationale. For each Best Practice Approach analyzed and reported on this website, varying strength of evidence is observed.
"Approach" is used to emphasize that there is more than one single best way to do something. A Best Practice Approach may have different but successful implementation methods (such as program activities and operations).
The Best Practice Approach Reports posted on this site serve as a resource to share ideas and cultivate best practices for state and community oral health programs. A best practice aims to achieve impact or effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, and collaboration or integration to reach its goals.
State and community practice examples illustrate successful implementation of Best Practice Approaches. States and communities have submitted their success stories to serve as examples of Best Practice Approaches.