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

School and Adolescent Oral Health Committee

ASTDD's School and Adolescent Oral Health (SAOH) Committee's mission is to promote the importance of good oral health practices that improve the oral health of school-age children and adolescents through education, networking, and collaborative partnerships at local, state and national levels. The committee serves as a resource to state oral health programs and others and works to ensure a strong oral health component in all school and adolescent health initiatives.

Committee Members

SAOH Committee Logic Model

SAOH Committee Work Plan

School and Adolescent Oral Health Programs

SAOH's programs promote, protect, and assure the oral health and well-being of school-aged children and adolescents. Through these programs, children and adolescents are encouraged to accept self-responsibility for their oral health, develop life-long healthy behaviors, and receive education, preventive care, treatment and other services.

School and adolescent oral health programs strive to: 

(1) Assess the oral health needs of school-age children and adolescents;

(2) Develop policies to improve the oral health of children and adolescents and their famlies;

(3) Assure that children and adolescents are getting needed prevention and treatment services.

ASTDD Policy Statements to Support the Integration of Oral Health into the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model.

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Oral Health Toolkit

This toolkit contains resources to assist in integrating oral health into the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The toolkit is useful for oral health programs, school nurses and other health professionals, teachers and school administrators, community health workers, parents and others who are interested in promoting oral health in the school-setting following a model that addresses the whole child and whose goal is to improve learning and health among school-age children. We value your input and appreciate your feedback on the WSCC Toolkit. Send your comments to


  • During the 2016 – 2017 school year, the Utah Department of Health Oral Health Program (OHP) launched an Adolescent Oral Health Campaign to educate middle school and high school age students about oral health care with the goal of increasing positive oral health behaviors and increasing the participation and utilization of dental services. For the full report, please visit the Utah Department of Health Oral Health Programs website .
  • Success Stories from School Sealant Programs - Healthy People 2020 objective OH 12-2 is to "Increase the portion of  children aged 6-9 years who have received dental sealants on one or more of their permanent  first molar teeth." Building a successful school-based dental sealant program is a means of meeting this objective. In this webcast, three presenters from various school-based sealant programs, present information about an important school-based dental sealant program component and share a story around building a successful sealant program. Resources, such as the ASTDD  School-based Dental Sealant Best Practice Approach Report and the 2017 Children's Dental Health Project, Sealant Work Group Recommendations as well as other state manuals and reports, will be shared for future use in building a successful program.  (November 2017)

Introduction and Resources PowerPoint
Terri Chandler PowerPoint
Stephanie Chickering PowerPoint
Matt Crespin PowerPoint
Infographic Example – Nevada Hospital Emergency Room usage
Infographic Example – Future Smiles Statewide Summary Report
Infographic Example – Martinez Elementary School Report


Federal, National, State, and Local Partners