Protect Your Sweet Smile: Sugar-Sweetened Beverages & Oral Health

Sacramento County Oral Health Program Statement:

The Sacramento County Oral Health Program connects people to dental care, provides oral health education and resources for the community. ​

A healthy mouth, teeth and gums are essential to good overall health! Teeth are meant to last a lifetime. They help us chew food, speak clearly and smile. Healthy mouth habits prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. Keep your mouth healthy by brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, flossing daily, eating a healthy diet and limiting added sugars, visiting the dentist regularly, and avoiding tobacco use.

Course Overview:

The purpose of this training is to increase dental office personnel’s understanding of how best to confidently engage their patients in the conversation about the risks of sugar sweetened beverage consumption, as well as how to use anticipatory guidance and motivational interviewing strategies to help guide the patient in making healthier choices for themselves and their families.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this "Protect Your Sweet Smile" presentation, participants will:

  • Know about the "Rethink Your Drink" campaign
  • Understand how to apply the campaign messaging in the dental office
  • Be able to share available resources with patients
  • Know how to use anticipatory guidance and motivational interviewing tools to guide patients to new behaviors

Who Should Take This Course:

  • All Dental Professionals.

What to expect:

  • Passing grade is 70% or higher
  • Below 70% grade means you must retake the course
  • Course completion will be sent to the appropriate state agency within 48 hours
  • You may retake the course until you get a 70% or higher grade
  • You may take any course as many times as you wish
  • You may not take the same course and receive duplicate credits

Dental Board of California - CE Credits - Certification Details:

  • Dental Board of CA - CE Credit (1)
  • Course Duration: 1 Hour
  • 70% passing grade is required
  • Instructor: Deborah Blanchard, RDH with Sacramento County Oral Health Program