Maryland Dental Action Coalition

Maryland Dental Action Coalition

MDAC is sponsoring a Continuing Education Course – Two Topics, One Day!

6 CEU’s approved by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners.

Session 1: The Human Papilloma Virus: How Will It Affect Your Practice?

Session 2: The Changing Landscape of Tobacco Products: “Vaping”, Smoking, & Chewing

October 10, 2014

Riverhill Interfaith Center: The Gathering Place
6120 Day Long Lane, Clarksville, MD 21029

Visit this page for more information and to register!

CDC Tips Campaign

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the first-ever paid national tobacco education campaign, Tips From Former Smokers (Tips) in March 2012. The Tips campaign, features real people – not actors – who are living with serious long-term health effects from smoking and secondhand smoke exposure. The campaign has continued through 2013 and 2014.

Tips ads focus on health issues caused by smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, including:

  • Gum disease
  • Cancer (lung, throat, head and neck)
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Buerger’s disease
  • COPD
  • Preterm birth
  • Smoking and HIV

Tips Campaign Key Messages

  • Smoking causes immediate damage to your body, which can lead to long-term health problems.
  • For every smoking-related death, at least 30 Americans live with a smoking-related illness.
  • Now is the time to quit smoking, and if you want help, free assistance is available.

Tips Campaign Resources


Children’s Dental Health Project

The dedicated folks at CDHP are hosting a 30-minute Social Media Storm on Wednesday, August 13 at 2:00pm. You can post a message about smoking and oral health on either your Facebook or Twitter account and include the #CDCTips hashtag somewhere in your message. CDHP has made it easy to participate by creating a socia media kit with dozens of messages you can simply copy and paste into your Twitter or Facebook page. Or you can come up with your own! Just be sure to use #CDCTips when posting!

Social Media Toolkit


Hard-To-Watch Commercials To Make Quitting Smoking Easier
New York Times (July 24, 2014)
Andrew Adam Newman

Telling smokers that their habit shortens life expectancy by at least 10 years might seem like an effective way to get them to quit. But it turns out there is something even scarier: living with disfiguring disease.

Dr. Tim McAfee, the director of the Office on Smoking and Health at theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention, was overseeing focus groups of smokers to help shape a smoking-cessation advertising campaign in 2011 when this became clear.

“Telling smokers that you’re going to lose 11 to 12 years of your life expectancy if you continue to smoke, and that if you quit in your 30s you can gain 10 of those back, seemed pretty powerfully motivating to us,” said Dr. McAfee. READ MORE


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Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation Takes on State's "Silent Epidemic" in New Campaign

SOURCE: Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation

Cavities Get Around Educates Community on Importance of Baby Teeth and Limiting Sugary Drinks

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - August 11, 2014) - Despite the pervasive myth, baby teeth are important to a child's long-term health. That's because cavities in baby teeth can spread to adult teeth and sugary drinks, like juice, fuel cavity-causing bacteria. These are the messages behind a new multi-year campaign, Cavities Get Around, that Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation launched today.

Cavities Get Around comes from research underscoring a need for more information about the importance of baby teeth and the negative effects sugary drinks have on children's dental health. In some cases, juice has as much sugar as soda. When consumed throughout the day, this sugar fuels bacteria that cause baby teeth cavities. Sugar can contribute to other problems as well, such as childhood obesity and diabetes. According to a 2014 Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation survey:

  • 87% of parents give their children juice at least several times a week and 55% say the beverage their child is most likely to walk around with during the day is juice.
  • 72% of parents believe juice is important for the health and nutrition of their child (when in reality one glass of juice can have as much sugar as an 8-ounce glass of soda; sugar fuels bacteria that leads to cavities).

Termed a "silent epidemic" by then-Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, PhD, in the "Oral Health in America" report, tooth decay often goes unnoticed and untreated -- until there is unbearable pain. READ MORE 


Americans More Likely to Avoid Drinking Soda Than Before

GALLUP Well-Being July 28, 2014 Justin McCarthy

More than nine in 10 try to include fruits or vegetables in diet

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they avoid soda in their diet, while more than half say they avoid sugar. Meanwhile, more than nine in 10 Americans claim they try to include fruits (92%) or vegetables (93%) in their diet -- slightly more than said this previously. These data are from a July 7-10 Gallup poll that asked Americans about their consumption habits. Americans have become increasingly wary of drinking soda since Gallup began asking them about their dietary choices in 2002. At that time, only 41% said they actively tried to avoid soda, a percentage that has now jumped to 63%. READ MORE


Licensing ‘dental therapists’ could give more Americans the care they need

IN 2009, 830,000 visits to emergency rooms around the country could have been prevented if the patients had seen a dentist earlier. In 2011, more than half of children on Medicaid went without dental care. These facts lie behind the story of Deamonte Driver, a Prince George’s County seventh-grader who died of a preventable infection that spread from his mouth to his brain in 2007. Maryland pushed through some reforms following Deamonte’s death, but the situation across the country has not dramatically improved.

Everyone seems to agree that there is a dental care crisis in the United States, particularly among people in poor or rural areas. People who have dental insurance or the means to pay out of pocket can get a high level of care. Those without struggle. Medicaid must cover dental services, but try finding a dentist who participates in the program, which offers small reimbursements: Only perhaps a third of dentists accept Medicaid. Deamonte’s mother faced this problem. In less-developed areas, sometimes regardless of their ability to pay, patients may have to travel hours to get care. READ MORE


Sugar-sweetened soda consumption and risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in women

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition July 16, 2014 Yang Hu; Karen H. Costenbader; Xiang Gao; May Al-Daabil; Jeffrey A. Sparks; Daniel H. Solomon; Frank B. Hu; Elizabeth W. Karlson; Bing Lu LINK TO SITE

Background: Sugar-sweetened soda consumption is consistently associated with an increased risk of several chronic inflammatory diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Whether it plays a role in the development of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a common autoimmune inflammatory disease, remains unclear.

Objective: The aim was to evaluate the association between sugar-sweetened soda consumption and risk of RA in US women.

Design: We prospectively followed 79,570 women from the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS; 1980–2008) and 107,330 women from the NHS II (1991–2009). Information on sugar-sweetened soda consumption (including regular cola, caffeine-free cola, and other sugar-sweetened carbonated soda) was obtained from a validated food-frequency questionnaire at baseline and approximately every 4 y during follow-up. Incident RA cases were validated by medical record review. Time-varying Cox proportional hazards regression models were used to calculate HRs after adjustment for confounders. Results from both cohorts were pooled by an inverse-variance–weighted, fixed-effects model.

Results: During 3,381,268 person-years of follow-up, 857 incident cases of RA were documented in the 2 cohorts. In the multivariable pooled analyses, we found that women who consumed ≥1 servings of sugar-sweetened soda/d had a 63% (HR: 1.63; 95% CI: 1.15, 2.30; P-trend = 0.004) increased risk of developing seropositive RA compared with those who consumed no sugar-sweetened soda or who consumed <1 serving/mo. When we restricted analyses to those with later RA onset (after age 55 y) in the NHS, the association appeared to be stronger (HR: 2.64; 95% CI: 1.56, 4.46; P-trend < 0.0001). No significant association was found for sugar-sweetened soda and seronegative RA. Diet soda consumption was not significantly associated with risk of RA in the 2 cohorts.

Conclusion: Regular consumption of sugar-sweetened soda, but not diet soda, is associated with increased risk of seropositive RA in women, independent of other dietary and lifestyle factors.

  • Received February 28, 2014.
  • Accepted June 25, 2014.


Treating gum disease linked to improvements in other conditions

Shereen Lehman (June 27, 2014) (Reuters Health) - People who were treated for periodontal disease had lower healthcare costs and fewer hospitalizations for other medical conditions compared to those whose gum disease went untreated, a new study has found. “We were very surprised at the magnitude of the results,” Dr. Marjorie Jeffcoat told Reuters Health. She led the study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia. Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory condition caused by bacteria that coat the surface of the roots of the teeth. If not treated, it can lead to bone loss around the teeth, infection and tooth loss. Treatment consists of cleaning the teeth above and below the gum line. In advanced cases, surgery is required. Jeffcoat said a number of previous small studies hinted that treating periodontal disease may help improve other medical conditions as well and reduce the risk of premature birth among pregnant women. READ MORE


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