Register for Take 20: Oral Health and Pregnancy

WHEN: Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 3:00-3:30pm ET  This presentation will cover how oral health and pregnancy are connected, and how good oral care during pregnancy is essential to promoting positive birth outcomes and lifelong oral health care among parents and their children.

Teeth for Two: Explore Oral Health & Pregnancy with OHNEP

Good oral health is essential during pregnancy. Parents’ oral health status is a predictor of children’s oral health. During pregnancy, oral health can affect the overall health of both the pregnant individual and their unborn children, as many physiological changes occur in the body during pregnancy.

Taking Pride in Our Oral Health: The Role of Health Professionals in LGBTQIA+ Oral Health Equity

This month, we call on our oral health partners and champions to reflect on what health providers can do to create safe, supportive and inclusive care settings for patients of all genders and sexualities. The LGBTQIA+ community is recognized as a disadvantaged population that experiences difficulty in accessing health care services.

New Blog: The Brain-Mouth Connection

To close out Mental Health Awareness Month, check out our new blog, "The Brain-Mouth Connection: How Good Oral Health Can Improve Mental Health." This article examines the bi-directional relationship between mental health and oral health.

Live Tweetchat Event: Mental Health & Oral Health

OHNEP will be hosting a Mental Health & Oral Health Tweetchat on Wednesday May 25 at 2:30pm ET. This Tweetchat event aims to raise awareness about “the brain-mouth connection” and highlight barriers to care. An estimated 45 million Americans are living with a mental illness that negatively impacts their daily lives.

Oral Health, Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment A Framework for Increased Coordination and Integration

"Challenges with oral health, mental health and substance use are exceedingly common in the United States and contribute heavily to the burden of disease in the nation." A new toolkit developed by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, Oral Health, Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment: A Framework for Increased Coordination and Integrat

New Resource! Oral Health Toolkit for Primary Care Practice

The Hawai'i State Department of Health & UH Mānoa Nancy Atmosphera-Walch School of Nursing have collaborated to create the Oral Health Toolkit for Primary Care Practice. This toolkit was developed for nursing and medical providers to increase the integration of oral health into primary care.

New Article! Improving Oral Health During Pregnancy: A Call to Action

A new commentary article from the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, Improving Oral Health During Pregnancy: A Call to Action, highlights the importance of optimal oral health during pregnancy to protect the health and wellness of parents and children. 


The Importance of Oral Health for Populations with Cardiovascular Disease

The Importance of Oral Health for Populations with Cardiovascular Disease will be presented by the OHNEP team for the Oral Health Progress and Equity Network (OPEN) network Wednesday April 27 at 3:00pm EST. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of mortality in the US.