Oral Disease Prevention Through Evidence-Based Interventions



Presented by Tooka Zokaie

Sponsored by MO Dept. of Health & Senior Services, Office of Dental Health

Course Description: Entering the 76th year of community water fluoridation in the United States poses new opportunities and challenges to both expanding this program and maintaining trust in the best evidence that supports this oral disease preventing program. In addition, dental sealants are more accessible than ever before, and providers can continue to make their placement more readily available in practice. The presentation will dive into these oral disease prevention practices and share the latest evidence to intersect oral health in population health.

Objectives: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss latest evidence in community water fluoridation
  • Describe practices for dental sealant community programs
  • Explain evidence-based oral disease prevention in the context of population health

What is population health? While there are multiple definitions, it often includes elements of eliminating disease and health disparities by intersecting the overlapping factors that influence health. Tooka Zokaie is a Certified Public Health Professional and the Manager for Fluoridation and Preventive Health Activities at the American Dental Association. Her work includes educating and collaborating with community leaders on oral public health topics including community water fluoridation, tobacco cessation, dental sealant programs, interprofessional collaboration, and nutrition. Her work integrates the importance of oral health when addressing total health questions. Ms. Zokaie is a liaison to the CDC’s Community Preventive Services Task Force, completed her Masters in Public Health at University of California, Davis School of Medicine, and is a current Masters in Population Health Management Candidate at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

This speaker has declared no commercial conflict of interest relative to this presentation