Patient Resources

Here is a list of other groups that offer information about oral and general health. The information accessed through these links is not produced by the American Dental Association. Presence of a link to the material here does not imply endorsement by the ADA.

  • Oral Health

    National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center is a government agency—a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services. This site has information on oral health topics as well as teaching materials and links to other oral health sites. They also have a section on Head Start programs.

    The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research is a government agency—a branch of the National Institutes of Health. This site has information on oral health, research and dental careers.

    Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives is working with the Ad Council to develop The Children’s Oral Health campaign to motivate parents to take action to reduce their children’s risk of oral disease by making sure their kids are brushing their teeth for two minutes, two times a day.

    US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Division of Oral Health is a government agency—a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services. Although the CDC oversees general public health concerns, this link will take you directly to the oral health home page. On this site you’ll find information on dental diseases like gum disease, and ways to prevent disease, like sealants. Public health topics—like water fluoridation—and diagnostic or treatment guidelines are also listed. In addition, this site offers data from studies about oral health in America.

  • General Health

    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is a government agency—a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services. It aims to improve the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.

    American Diabetes Association is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to raise awareness of diabetes and prevention of the disease.

    American Heart Association In addition to general information about heart health, the AHA, along with input from the ADA, has recommendations for patients with certain cardiac conditions, who need to take antibiotics before dental treatment.

    American Latex Allergy Association is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to raise awareness of latex allergy.

    The National Network of Libraries of Medicine has developed Consumer Health Outreach Resources that provide help in evaluating health websites and building health literacy.

    The Plain Language Medical Dictionary is a project of the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library. To use, click on the drop down menu to browse the list of high-level medical terms. Once a word or phrase is selected, the plain language translation will appear in the box.

  • Research

    Cochrane Library is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Experts from many countries work together to write systematic reviews on health topics. This Web site has a special section for the public.

    Forsyth Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Experts from many countries work together to write systematic reviews on health topics. This Web site has a special section for the public.

    MedlinePlus is produced by a government agency—the National Library of Medicine. The National Library of Medicine is part of the National Institutes of Health. Like a regular library, this site offers links to many information sources. You can find links to scientific articles, statistics, pictures as well as basic oral health information.

    Sense about Science is a charitable trust that equips people to make sense of scientific and medical claims in public discussion.

    American Dental Association EBD Glossary of Terms is a list of the terms you may come across when reading the EBD Plain Language Summaries. In the glossary, we've defined these terms in the most straightforward language possible.