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.

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

  • Emergency Department Referral Programs for Non-traumatic Dental Conditions - Emergency departments (EDs) play a vital role in the health care system as they are accessible to all individuals irrespective of their ability to pay for care and are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The use of EDs for dental-related conditions, especially non-traumatic dental conditions (NTDCs), is a growing dental public health concern.  This ASTDD Best Practice Approach Report describes a public health strategy, assesses the strength of evidence on the effectiveness of the strategy, and uses practice examples to illustrate the successful/innovative implementation of ED referral programs. (Dec 2015)
  • Methods in Assessing Non-Traumatic Dental Care in Emergency Departments - This report is a review of studies on the use of emergency departments (EDs) for non traumatic oral health conditions. As with most public health problems, the first steps in addressing the issue are to confirm its existence and quantify its extent. This report explores the extent of variation in the different aspects of research conducted, including target populations, outcomes of interest, predictive factors investigated, data sources used, and specific research methods employed including the diagnostic codes used in defining ED dental care. This report presents the findings of the investigation, summarizes the positive and negative aspects of the findings, and provides recommendations on the conduct of future research. (January 2016)
  • Methods in Assessing Non-Traumatic Dental Care in Emergency Departments Appendices (January 2016)
  • Oral Health Matters - The fall 2015 edition of the ASTDD newsletter; meet members and associate members, check out state shots, and much more. (October 2015)
  • 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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2016 National Oral Health Conference
April 18 - 20, 2016; Pre-Conference April 16-17, 2016
Cincinnati, OH

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