Healthy People 2030 Oral Health Objective Promotion Webinar Series: Reducing the Proportion of Adults with Untreated Tooth Decay

Healthy People 2030 Oral Health Objective Promotion Webinar Series
Webinar Date
CE Credits
1 hour

Today, 22.8% of US adults 20 to 74 years of age have untreated dental caries, and the Healthy People 2030 target is to reduce this proportion to 17.3%.

This webinar, hosted by CareQuest Institute and moderated by the Indian Health Service, will focus on the importance of oral health literacy as it relates to reducing untreated caries and increasing access to dental care. Participants will leave with a better understanding of disparities in access to care, a sharper definition of oral health literacy, and ideas on literacy activities that can improve oral health in their communities.

This is the second in a series of webinars designed to promote the 11 Healthy People 2030 oral health objectives. 

Learning Objectives

  • Explain Healthy People 2030 Oral Health Objective OH-3.
  • Discover strategies to proactively support — and overcome common concerns related to —community water fluoridation.
  • Define oral health literacy and describe its impact on access to dental care and untreated dental caries.
  • Implement at least one oral health literacy activity in their community to address Oral Health Objective OH-03.


Nathan Mork, DDS, MPH, Oral Health Promotion Disease Prevention Officer, Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health


Alice M. Horowitz, PhD, MA, RDH, former Research Professor, School of Public Health, University of Maryland

Jay Kumar, DDS, MPH, California State Dental Director

Kathryn Atchison, DDS, MPH, Professor, Division of Public Health and Community Dentistry, UCLA School of Dentistry and UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Gina O. Thornton-Evans, DDS, MPH, Director, Dental Public Health Residency Program, Senior Dental Officer/Team Lead, Surveillance, Investigations, and Research Team, Division of Oral Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This webinar will be recorded.




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This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) by CareQuest Institute for Oral Health.

All participating instructors in this program have disclosed that they do not have the following financial arrangement or affiliation with the listed persons or entity(ies) offering financial support, products, and/or services mentioned or related to the content of this program/activity.