Oral Health

Oral health is an important component of overall health, and impacts maternal and child health outcomes in a number of ways. Oral health is the greatest unmet health need for children, and can affect children’s health, education and ability to prosper.[1] Good oral health is also important for pregnant women and new mothers as it can prevent complications of dental disease, improve birth outcomes and decrease dental caries in children.[2] Title V Programs work to promote oral health and access to dental care for women and children nationwide. 


National Performance Measure (NPM) 13 Implementation Toolkit: AMCHP and the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center released an implementation toolkit that provides Title V programs with evidence-based/-informed practices, reports, publications, and resources specific to NPM 13.1 (preventive dental visit during pregnancy) and 13.2 (children’s preventive dental visit), which can be adapted and implemented at the state/territory and community levels. You can access the NPM 13 and other toolkits at AMCHP's Innovation Station.

Title V MCH Services Block Grant Oral Health Toolkit: The Center for Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement developed a toolkit for Title V Programs that includes: resources for oral health programs to be involved in the Title V five-year needs assessment; implementation strategies and measures resources; data sources; and other best practices resources (including AMCHP’s Innovation Station practices!). 

External Resources

[1] Health Resources and Services Administration. 2017. Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant to States Program: Guidance and Forms for the Title V Application/Annual Report, 8th edition, Appendix C, p. 79.
[2] Silk H, et al. Oral health during pregnancy. Amer Fam Physician. 2008;77:1139-1144.