MedNar is a federated search that focuses on medical information, you would be able to find more in-depth information than on a typical search. This service searches commercial sites as well as government sites, and allows you to limit results by type. MedNar also suggests medical subject headings (MeSH) for searches, as well a medical dictionary. This would be a good place to make an initial search to seek out information regarding a specific term.
TRIP is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care. The site also allows clinicians to search across other content types including: images, videos, patient information leaflets, educational courses, and news.
CDC Oral Health Data: The data that is displayed here is sources from sources Water Fluoridation Reporting System (WFRS), Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), State Oral Health Surveys, Indian Health Service (IHS) Oral Health Surveys and ASTDD’s Annual Synopsis of State Oral Health Programs.
CDC National Center for Health Statistics: Oral & Dental Health: The Center for Disease Control’s statistics regarding Oral and Dental Health. This information focuses on the United States. There are a variety of reports that focus demographics, examples being age, race, and certain environmental factors.
NIH National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: Data and Statistics: The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research organizes their statistics by topic, and by demographic information, making it very easy to use to find relevant statistics.
Additional Dental Information Pages:
MedlinePlus: Dental Health: The National Library of Medicine has put this page together as a starting place for gathering online information about dental health. Although aimed at consumers there is much here of interest to dental hygienists, especially the sections on Latest News
OSHA Safety and Health Topics: Dentistry: This page focuses on the workplace hazards that are common within the dental professions. Some examples of the workplace hazards range from pathogens and chemical dangers to ergonomic issues. The information on this page comes from the U.S. Department of Labor.
MedLine Plus’ Medical Terminology Encyclopedia: MedLine Plus’ information is from National Library of Medicine. This page links to the A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia includes over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries. It also contains an extensive library of medical photographs and illustrations.
HIVdent: HIVdent is a nonprofit coalition of concerned health care professionals committed to assuring access to high quality oral health care services for adults, adolescents, & children living with HIV disease. HIVdent disseminates state-of-the-art treatment.
Oral Health Foundation: This resource is based out of the United Kingdom. Their mission is promote oral health within the UK. They create awareness campaigns.
World Health Organization (WHO) Oral Health Site: The WHO Global Oral Health Programme (ORH) contains information focused on a variety of countries and regions. It contains publications, fact sheets, & statistics on international health. It would be a good place to start if your topic is focused outside of the United States.
Furthering Your Studies…
There are ways that you can get involved and build experience and familiarity with your field on campus. You can join, or start a student chapter of a Professional Organization, of which a few are linked and listed below. To start a club or organization, contact or drop by the Office of Student Activities. You can also volunteer your services as well to gain experience as a professional.
In addition to student organizations, there is also UB’s Clinic. You can ask your professor about further information on how or when you will be able to be involved.
Joining Established Student Organizations:
Student Organizations: To get involved on campus, you can participate in events. Information about student organizations is listed in the previously linked page. If you click on the name of an organization you are interested in you can see if they have any upcoming events, as well as any other organization that is co-hosting or co-chairing their event. Below are some relevant student organizations to your field you might be interested in.
An example of an active student organization on campus that is related to your field is the The Society of Minority Health Professionals. The Society of Minority Health Professional’s mission is to create a positive and motivational atmosphere for minorities working toward becoming our future health care providers. They aim to encourage a movement of leaders to fulfill the need of diversity in the health field. They host, and co-chair many events and are an active group.
Office of Civic Engagement: You can connect with University of Bridgeport’s Office of Civic Engagement to find further information about volunteer work. Their mission is to serve as a catalyst for students, staff, faculty, and administrators to connect with, build, and sustain meaningful service initiatives in the greater Bridgeport area.
ADA’s Give a Kid a Smile Event: This is a national volunteer initiative ran by the American Dental Association. It takes place annually the first Friday in February. Information on how to set up an event at your school is linked HERE. They suggest the process should start in October, for the event to occur in February.
Colgate’s Bright Smiles Bright Future: This program will allow you to work with children in your community and you will be able to share the importance of maintaining good oral health habits. Whether you’re giving a quick lesson in the classroom, giving checkups in the vans, or just talking with kids at a community event, you’ll have a chance to make a big impact. First read information about the program, and then fill out the interest form linked HERE.
Global Dental Relief: The mission of this organization is to bring free dental care to children around the globe, in Nepal, India, Guatemala, Mexico, Kenya, Cambodia, and Kentucky. Teams of volunteer dentists, hygienists, assistants, and general volunteers deliver treatment and preventive care in dental clinics that serve children in schools and remote villages.
Special Smiles: This program is a discipline of Healthy Athletes, and it provides comprehensive oral health care information, including offering free dental screenings and instructions on correct brushing and flossing techniques to participating Special Olympics athletes. To get involved, contact the Connecticut Chapter of the Special Olympics linked HERE.
To further your involvement in your field, you might want to join a professional organization. A professional organization would assist you in research, networking, mentorship, and much more. You can read about the specific organizations on their individual websites listed below. As a student of the University of Bridgeport, you would qualify for the Student Membership rate, which is either free or at a reduced cost.
International Federation of Dental Hygienists: The mission of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists is to unite dental hygienists from around the world in their common cause of promoting dental health. As a student member, you will be granted access to a few things, examples being news, reduced fees on events and conventions.
American Dental Hygienists’ Association: The ADHA works to support dental hygienists throughout their career lifecycle and advance the dental hygiene profession by developing new career paths, expanding opportunities for care, and providing the latest training and information. There is also the ADHA Institute for Oral Health, which is a foundation developed and created by dental hygienists’ for dental hygienists to provide funding for educational scholarships, fellowships, research grants, and community service grants to dental hygienists throughout the U.S.
Hispanic Dental Association: The mission of the Hispanic Dental Association is to unify all Hispanic Oral Health professional under one Organization in order to have one voice to better serve our people and the USA. Through this they would be allowed to provide a united voice for the Hispanic oral professional in the United States. Promote the oral health of the Hispanic community through improved prevention, treatment and education and to stimulate interest and open the pipeline for Hispanics into oral health careers.
American Society for Dental Ethics: The American Society for Dental Ethics supports ethics as an integral value for the dental health care professions. This site also includes helpful links to other bioethics resources. The organization is dedicated to enhancing the dialogue about ethical issues in dental health care and fostering more effective ethics education in this field.
Connecticut Chapter of the American Dental Hygienist’s Association: This is the Connecticut Chapter of the ADHA. There are SCHOLARSHIPS as well as MENTORSHIP opportunities available through the CT Chapter of the ADHA.
The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA): This organization facilitates the licensure process for dental professionals. This page will give information on when & where state board clinical examinations are given.
Connecticut Government Licensure Page: This page provides information about receiving a license to become a Dental Hygienist.