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 - Home Visitor Environmental Scan: As part of National Center on Health (NCH) activities, the ASTDD Early Childhood Oral Health Committee, Home Visiting Subcommittee, conducted an environmental scan to identify available educational resources for home visitors and infants and children in Early Head Start (EHS) and Head Start (HS) home-based programs and their families. After identifying and reviewing existing resources, the committee identified gaps and opportunities to promote oral health to infants and children in EHS/HS home-based programs and their families. The appendices contains a complete listing of the available oral resources that were reviewed. (December 2014)
  • New - Oral Health Matters - The fall 2014 edition of the ASTDD newsletter; meet members and associate members, check out state shots, and much more. (October 2014)
  • NEW - Insights Into Using Social Media to Promote Oral Health: With 74% of online adults using social networking sites and little available funding for traditional oral health messaging, it only makes sense for state oral health programs to use social media. This webinar demonstrates that social media provides a timely and relevant avenue for the distribution of important and diverse oral health information to the public, as well as its ability to engage stakeholders and expand non-traditional partnerships. Insights into best practices are showcased with speakers sharing their expertise utilizing both health department and oral health coalition social media accounts, in addition to the creation of a stand-alone state oral health program presence on two social media platforms. In addition, ASTDD has developed a new fact sheet for State Oral Health Programs: Promoting Oral Health Using Social Media.
    Insights Into Using Social Media to Promote Oral Health Webinar Slides (October 2014)
  • NEW - School and Adolescent Oral Health Committee Webinar: The ABCs of Oral Health for the National Association of School Nurses.
    The ABCs of Oral Health Webinar Slides (October 2014)
  • NEW - Head Start Program Information Report Webinar (DHL) - This webinar provides a review of Head Start oral health Program Information  Reporting (PIR). The oral health PIR is described with examples provided of how the data is used by Head Start.    As part of the National Center on Health's (NCH) Cooperative Agreement, the Oral Health Project (OHP) developed a pilot PIR project . The purpose of the pilot project was to prepare a Program Information Report (PIR) data-driven model to help the Regional Offices use PIR data to monitor Head Start grantees' compliance with oral-health-related PIR requirements and to assist them in determining what technical assistance could be provided to the programs in need.  This presentation provides an overview of the pilot project methodology, project findings and proposed recommendations. (September 2014)
    Head Start Program Information Report Webinar PowerPoint
  • NEW - Fluoride Varnish Issue Brief - The Fluorides and Policy Committees has updated the Fluoride Varnish: An Evidence Based Approach issue brief, originally developed in 2007, for states to use when planning targeted population-based programs to reduce dental caries (September 2014)
  • NEW - Opportunities for Collaboration Between State Oral Health Programs and State Dental Hygienists' Associations to Improve Oral Health - This is the latest in a series of tip sheets on how State Oral Health Programs can collaborate with other organizations! It provides examples of what State Oral Health Programs and State Dental Hygiene Associations can do together to address the oral health needs of the U.S. population, particularly those groups with significant oral health disparities. (August 2014)
  • NEW - Synopsis of State Oral Health Programs - (Summary Report 2014)
  • State Oral Health Program and Primary Care Association Collaboration Project Final Report - This report summarizes the process and outcomes for the State Oral Health Program and Primary Care Association Collaboration Project. This project was a collaborative effort of ASTDD, the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The project provided an opportunity for six State Oral Health Program Directors and PCA Directors and/or PCA Oral Health Managers to engage in a process designed to deepen their understanding of each other's current and potential capacities, enabling both to identify complementary activities that could then form the basis of an ongoing, substantive working relationship. The DentaQuest Institute and Delta Dental of Colorado provided funding to support the collaborative efforts of the State Oral Health Programs and PCAs.  (June 2014)
    State Oral Health Program and Primary Care Association Collaboration Project Final Report
  • Working Together to Manage Diabetes Toolkit: - The National Diabetes Education Program has released a newly enhanced Working Together to Manage Diabetes Toolkit. This toolkit was created especially for pharmacists, podiatrists, optometrists, dentists, and other providers who are often the first to see a person with-or at risk for-diabetes. (June 2014)
  • 10 Essential Public Health Services to Promote Oral Health Services ASTDD Bookmark (May 2014)
  • Tips for Grant Writing Success (May 2014)
  • ASTDD 2014 Awards Brochure (May 2014)
  • ASTDD Annual Report 2013 (May 2014)
  • 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.
  • 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)

Upcoming Meetings

Save the Date!
2015 National Oral Health Conference
April 27 - 29, 2015; Pre-Conference April 25 - 26, 2015
Kansas City, Missouri

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