Rhode Island Oral Health Commission
The Special Senate Commission to Study and Make Recommendations on Ways to Maintain and Expand Access to Quality Oral Health Care for All Rhode Island Residents was established in 2000 to provide a coordinated statewide effort toward achieving optimal oral health and access to dental services for all Rhode Islanders. This foundational group of stakeholders expanded as a coalition with the formal establishment of the Rhode Island Oral Health Commission in 2010. The Commission's website features information about its work, including a schedule of meetings, resources and publications.
Rhode Island Department of Human Services
Information on state services, including RIte Care, RIte Smiles, and RIte Share. People who receive Medical Assistance have dental benefits and may obtain them by using their white Medical Assistance card. To find a private Dentist or Dental Specialist (Endodontist [root canals], Oral Surgeon [extractions/mouth surgery], Orthodontist [braces], Periodontist [gum disease], or Prosthodontist [dentures/replacement of missing teeth]) who accepts Medical Assistance:
- Call the RIte Care Info Line at (401) 462-5300
- Click on the link below to search for a dental provider.
Rhode Island Department of Health, Oral Health Program
A central site for oral health information in Rhode Island that includes links for consumers, teachers, oral health professionals and students, and policy makers, including links to other Internet sources of oral health information.
Rhode Island Dental Association
Chartered by the ADA, a professional organization to address the dental health needs of the public and promote the position of dentists in Rhode Island. This website contains education and employment opportunities for dentists and the capacity to search for RIDA member dentists.
Rhode Island Dental Hygienists’ Association
This website is for the professional organization of dental hygienists in Rhode Island. Employment opportunities, continuing education, and community activities for dental hygienists in the state are provided.
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Rhode Island Service Providers
Pediatric Dental Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital
The Pediatric Dental Center provides dental care to children. The website provides contact information for the Center and describes the need for increased dental coverage for Medicaid recipients
Joseph Samuels Dental Center at Rhode Island Hospital
The Joseph Samuels Dental Center provides dental care to underserved children and children with special needs and adults with developmental disabilities. This website provides contact information for the Dental Center and information for patients on their services.
Rhode Island Health Center Association
RIHCA focuses on the delivery of quality health care to underserved populations. This website provides information mainly for its member Community Health Centers. Contact information for the Community Health Centers that provide dental services is included. Links to other health-related websites are available.
Community College of Rhode Island’s School of Dental Hygiene Clinic
During the academic year (September through May), the dental hygiene clinic offers dental cleanings, exams, x-rays, and sealants to the public for $10 each.
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American Dental Association
A national professional organization of dentists, focusing on advocacy, education, research, and the development of standards. News/information for dental health professionals, including licensure, education, and a discussion forum. This site is geared towards dental professionals but does contain information for parents and children including help with finding a dentist.
American Dental Hygienists’ Association
A national organization dedicated to the support and education of dental hygienists. News from the ADHA, information for professionals including continuing education, careers in dental hygiene, and the Research Agenda for the Association. Includes a page of links to national, state, and international hygiene-related sites.
American Academy of Pediatrics Oral Health web site
The American Academy of Pediatrics has launched a newly designed Oral Health Web site, which adds enhanced features such as state listings and resource pages specifically for practicing clinicians, professionals in training, and families.
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Children’s Dental Health Project
A non-profit organization that works to provide information to policymakers, shape policy, and support national- and state-level projects to improve the oral health of young people. The website includes news, issue briefs on current policy issues and many general publications and fact sheets on children’s oral health. Technical assistance and news analysis are also available from the CDHP.
Maternal and Child Health Library Oral Health Knowledge Path
Resources, including web links and publications, compiled at Georgetown University with the purpose of improving the oral health of young people. Contains information/resources for policymakers, research and health professionals, and program administrators, including an A-Z index and links to professional organizations.
National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Resources for state and local agencies, including health indicator data, and links to state offices, federal agencies, and information clearinghouses. An extensive list of oral health publications, both electronic and print.
National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices
An information clearinghouse and resource for state-level policymakers. Governors and staff can request technical assistance and learn what practices have and have not worked in other states.
Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Data Resource Center
Data source for professionals, researchers, administrators and policymakers which allows users to customize analysis of national oral health information. Includes the Catalog of Surveys and Archive of Procedures Related to Oral Health, a database which reviews survey methods and design and options when measuring oral health.
Oral Health America
This website provides information from this national non-profit advocacy organization, including state-by-state “Oral Health Report Cards” and legislative updates. Oral Health America programs address access to oral health care for children and adults and the need for national collaboration and coordination.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Focuses on oral disease prevention. Resources include information on the education campaigns of the CDC, fluoridation and states’ reports on oral health initiative
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