2022 Missouri Oral Health Policy Conference -

On Point

A socially-distanced, in-person conference with networking and learning to achieve the MCOH vision of oral health for all!

COVID Waiver

Submission of your registration implies your commitment to adhere to this COVID-19 Waiver & Release of Liability.  

COVID test are available at no cost at www.covidtest.gov. Please consider testing before attending the conference.


 The mission of the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health is to improve oral health with all Missourians by advocating for sound public policy. 


 March 3 & March 4, 2022

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For Capitol Plaza Hotel Accomdations click Here and use Code 220302MOC

Pre-Conference Webinars

Conference Agenda

During the conference there will be opportunities for interaction, frequent breaks and brief presentations by exhibiting organizations.


Oral Health Legislative Awareness Event - Virtual

Thursday, March 3, 2022 - 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m

 A pre-legislative awareness event webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 23rd at 12:00pm


Welcome and Introductions at 10:45 am

Inclusive Health Care & Social Justice

Thursday, March 3, 2022, 11:00 a.m. – Noon

Lecture & Power Point; 1 CDE, No prerequisites required

Speaker: Dr. Eleanor Fleming

See conference agenda for disclosure and biography

Course Description: The purpose of this presentation is to engage the audience around understanding both the barriers to and opportunities for inclusive health care and supporting oral health equity as a social justice concern.

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

  • Differentiate between equality, equity, and liberation as social justice concepts.
  • Describe how and why inclusion is information in oral health practice, advocacy, and research.
  • Identify areas of opportunity to break barriers in oral health.

Show Me Oral Health

Thursday, March 3, 2022, 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Lecture & Power Point; 1 CDE, No prerequisites required

Speaker: Dr. Guy Deyton, Missouri Dental Director

See conference agenda for disclosure and biography

Course Description: A discussion of the oral health activities, plans and program objectives of the Office of Dental Health, Department of Health and Senior Services for the coming year.  I addition there will be a presentation of the latest surveillance data of the oral health status of citizens of Missouri. 

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

  • Activities of the Office of Dental Health in general
  • Key elements of the oral health surveillance in Missouri
  • Program objectives for the Office of Dental Health for the coming year.

Change for the Future: Advocacy and Leadership

Sponsored by the Missouri Dental Association

Thursday, March 3, 2022, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Lecture & Power Point; 1.5 CDE, No prerequisites required

Speakers: Dr. Erinne Kennedy, Dr. Amanda Fitzpatrick, Dr. Mack Taylor, and Dr. Geoff Peterson

Moderator: Dr. Nathan Suter

See conference agenda for disclosure and biography


Course Description: This panel of up-and-coming oral health leaders will share their journey in oral health advocacy. A Q&A format that will allow the panelists to share what motivates them to advocate for oral health in their communities, organizations, and at the legislative level. They will also share the lessons they have learned along the way. 

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

  • Describe multiple ways that an advocate can become involved in the future that shapes dentistry.
  • Discuss the barriers to making change and how they can be overcome.
  • Identify strategies to become a leader in my community, organization, and state level.

 

Dental Coverage in Medicare

Thursday, March 3, 2022, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Lecture & Power Point; 1 CDE, No prerequisites required

Speaker: Meredith Freed, Kaiser Family Foundation 

See conference agenda for disclosure and biography

Course Description: Medicare, the national health insurance program for more than 62 million older adults and younger beneficiaries with disabilities, does not generally cover dental care, and many people on Medicare have no dental coverage at all. Some Medicare beneficiaries have access to dental coverage through other sources, such as Medicare Advantage plans, but the scope of dental benefits, when covered, varies widely and is often quite limited. This presentation will describe the state of dental coverage in Medicare and share data on dental use and out-of-pocket spending among Medicare beneficiaries.

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

  • Discuss the latest data on dental coverage in Medicare, use of dental care, including by beneficiary characteristic, out-of-pocket spending, and cost-related barriers to care
  • Describe the scope of dental benefits offered by Medicare Advantage plans
  • Explain recent policy efforts to include a dental benefit in Medicare and the status of those efforts

Oral Health Champion Awards &  Informal Networking Reception  at 5:00 pm


Breakfast & Networking Discussion Tables from 6:30 - 8:00 am


Missouri  Dental Schools in Action Panel

Friday, March 4, 2022, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Lecture & Power Point; 1 CDE, No prerequisites required

Speakers: Dr. Lance Godley (UMKC), Dr. Dwight McLeod (ATSU),and Dr. Linda Niessen (KCU)

Moderator: Dr. Michael McCunniff

See conference agenda for disclosure and biography

Course Description:  Updates from the Deans of Missouri’s three Dental School’s and the main challenges they see in dental education and the future of the profession. 

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

  • Discuss how dental education will change to meet the future needs of oral health 
  • Understanding the roles of Interprofessional Education in dentistry and in health care 
  • Describe the composition of future dental school classes  

Dentistry Adapted: Looking Beyond the Pandemic

Friday, March 4, 2022, 9:20 a.m. – 10:20 p.m.

Lecture & Power Point; 1 CDE, No prerequisites required

Speaker: Dr. Chelsea Fosse, American Dental Association

See conference agenda for disclosure and biography

Course Description: What have we learned about dentistry throughout the COVID-19 pandemic? Will we see any lasting changes in oral health care delivery? Using recent research on Medicaid and data indicating significant oral health disparities, what opportunities do we have to improve the oral health of the population? Join Chelsea Fosse from the ADA Health Policy Institute for this update and discussion on what we can expect from dentistry as we look to the future.

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

  • Discuss dentistry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the current status of recovery
  • Review recent research on disparities in oral health and the status of Medicaid programs
  • Identify other workforce and industry trends that will impact the oral health care delivery system into the future

Managing Mischief in the Oral Microbiome: with Iodine, Silver, Arginine, Xylitol, vitamin B6, and more

Friday, March 4, 2022, 10:35 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.

Lecture & Power Point; 1 CDE, No prerequisites required

Speaker: Dr. Jeremy Horst, CareQuest

See conference agenda for disclosure and biography

Course Description: In this course we will explore ways to bring breakthrough antimicrobial therapies into dental practice. We will unveil practical strategies to control dental caries by examining the potency of SDF and exploring why chlorhexidine doesn't work but povidone iodine does, and when prebiotics such as Xylitol, Arginine, and vitamin B6 can be effective. By reviewing the clinical trial evidence in the context of microbial mechanisms, the mystery of bacterial control in dental caries will be revealed. Practically it all comes down to substantivity and microbial nutrition.  

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

  • Plan therapeutic strategies with safe, non-staining materials like Povidone Iodine. 
  • Explain to patients how the stain from SDF is connected to its potency against caries. 
  • Teach colleagues the mechanistic basis of caries antimicrobials that work. 
  • Share with patients that having an antimicrobial brushed on their teeth 1 to 4 times per year lowers new cavities by >60%. 

Close and Networking at Noon


Register Here!

Need assistance registering? Contact MCOH at info@oralhealthmissouri.org 

For Capitol Plaza Hotel Accomdations click Here and use Code 220302MOC

Conference Registration Includes Individual 2022 Coalition Membership


Thank you 2022 Conference Sponsors! Our mission work would be impossible without your support! 




This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between Missouri Primary Care Association and Missouri Coalition for Oral Health. The Missouri Primary Care Association (MPCA) is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. MPCA designates this activity for 7.5 continuing education credits for full participation in all sessions. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/cerp. For further information contact Karen Dent, Oral Health Network of Missouri Director, 3325 Emerald Lane, Jefferson City, Missouri 65109, 573-636-4222, kdent@mo-pca.org.

Regular registration is $150. Limited Income registration is $75. Students may register free. If you are unable to attend following registration you may contact MCOH at info@oralhealthmissouri.org to request a refund or to donate your registration to MCOH.  Donations to MCOH are tax deductible as allowed by law. MCOH is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. 

Thanks to the Missouri Primary Care Association for providing CEUs