Current Issues in Oral Health

Texas Oral Health Coalition

Friday, September 17, 2021
11:30 AM – 1:00PM CDT

Current Issues in Oral Health

Rear Admiral Timothy Ricks, DMD, MPH, FICD

Timothy L. Ricks, DMD, MPH, FICD
Rear Admiral (RADM), U.S. Public Health Service
Assistant Surgeon General

TxOHC Quarterly Member Meetings

Third Friday of the month from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. We will have a national and/or state speaker and then go into topic area breakout rooms for deeper discussions.

  • Friday, September 17, 2021
  • Friday, November 19, 2021
  • Friday, February 11, 2022
  • Friday, May 13, 2022

   TxOHC Membership

Course Description:

This presentation will provide an overview of contemporary issues in oral health in the U.S., including a description of oral health inequities, an overview of access to care issues, and different workforce models addressing inequities and access to dental care.  The presentation will conclude with opportunities for the future including integration of oral health and overall health.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe disparities in oral disease as related to race, ethnicity, geographic location, and income status;
  2. Compare and contrast various dental workforce models in the U.S., as well as their prevalence by region; and
  3. List at least three opportunities that oral health professionals have in embracing and implementing medical-dental integration.


Timothy L. Ricks, DMD, MPH, FICD

Timothy L. Ricks, D.M.D., M.P.H., F.I.C.D., currently serves as the 20th Chief Dental Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service as well as Assistant Surgeon General. He serves as the Surgeon General’s spokesperson on oral health and interacts with chief dental officers from other countries, with military chief dental officers, with leaders in organized dentistry, with state oral health programs, and much more.  Rear Adm. Ricks has served in the U.S. Public Health Service for over 21 years.  Prior to this service, he was an associate dentist, independent contractor, and sole proprietor, and he also served as a military police officer in the Army National Guard. In addition to his role as USPHS Chief Dental Officer, he also serves in various roles in the Indian Health Service including Continuing Dental Education Coordinator (responsible for 250-300 courses each year), Expanded Function Dental Assistant Coordinator (oversees training and certification of 2,000 EFDAs), IHS National Oral Health Surveillance Coordinator, and National Oral Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Coordinator.

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