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. 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. Title V Programs work to promote oral health and access to dental care for women and children nationwide.
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
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
 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.
 Silk H, et al. Oral health during pregnancy. Amer Fam Physician. 2008;77:1139-1144.