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Oral Health

The Center for Rural Health works in a variety of ways to address oral health issues in North Dakota. We support North Dakota rural communities in addressing oral health issues by:

  • Evaluating unmet needs and existing workforce capacity for oral healthcare statewide
  • Examining the impact of efforts to improve access to dental services
  • Analyzing oral health data and oral health status in the State
  • Collaborating to provide resources for best practices and proposed models of oral healthcare
  • Assessing oral health services among long term care facilities
  • Researching knowledge of pediatric oral health preventative measures among clinic providers

The Center for Rural Health's Rural Health Information Hub lists additional oral health information and resources.

Key Contact

Shawnda Schroeder, PhD - Research Associate Professor

Most Recent Publications

  • High Rates of Decay and Need for Dental Treatment Among American Indian and Alaska Native Kindergartners in North Dakota
    During the 2018-2019 school year, each of the 1,998 kindergartners enrolled in the 43 participating schools received a dental screening. This fact sheet describes the results of this screening and identified racial disparities.
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Knutson, S.
    Date: February 2020
    Type: Fact Sheet
  • High Rates of Decay and Need for Dental Treatment Among Rural Kindergartners in North Dakota
    During the 2018-2019 school year, each of the 1,998 kindergartners enrolled in the 43 participating schools received a dental screening. This fact sheet describes the results of this screening and identified geographic disparities.
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Knutson, S.
    Date: February 2020
    Type: Fact Sheet
  • Medical - Dental Integration in North Dakota
    This fact sheet describes the reach, patients served, and the outcomes of a medical-dental integration model employed in the University of North Dakota's Center for Family Medicine in Bismarck. This integrated care model provides dental screenings, fluoride varnish application, dental referrals, and care coordination for patients in the primary care setting while also educating medical residents and direct care staff quarterly on the direct relationship between oral health and overall health.
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Knutson, S.
    Date: February 2020
    Type: Fact Sheet
  • Progress and Reach of the SEAL!ND Program
    This fact sheet details the progress and reach of the North Dakota school-based dental sealant program through 2019.
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Knutson, S.
    Date: February 2020
    Type: Fact Sheet
  • Rural Health Research RECAP: Healthcare Access and Status Among Rural Children
    More than half (56.6%) of all rural counties in the U.S. do not have a pediatrician, which can have a negative effect on the health status of rural children. This recap provides a summary of the research on pediatric health status, health outcomes, and access to care in rural areas.
    Author(s): Bauman, S., Schroeder, S.
    Date: August 2019
    Type: Fact Sheet

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