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2017 Annual Texas Oral Health Summit


Save the Date for November 9-11, 2017
Omni Colonnade Hotel, San Antonio

Registration Opens September 1, 2017

The Poster Presentation application is available here.
The Oral Health Champion Nomination Form may be found here.

The theme for this year’s annual oral health summit is, Building Healthy Communities Together.  The summit begins at 1:00 pm Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Omni Colonnade in San Antonio with The Oral Health Integration Symposium.  Attendees will learn about local grassroots efforts to integrate oral health into academia and medical practice.  Next, attendees will learn about a special project incorporating home visits during dental student rotations and how to provide oral care for pediatrics to adults with disabilities.  A facilitated panel discussion with representatives from various Texas school-based oral health programs will allow attendees to share information on case management, incentives or activities to increase the number of returned signed consents, plus many other helpful tips.  Updates and instructions on how to use work products developed from our five Advancing the Oral Health Movement in Texas work groups will be given and lastly, attendees will have the opportunity to Collide and Connect during the opening reception from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

The summit continues on Friday, November 10, 2017 with the Oral Health:  State of the State Symposium.  Representatives from the national level will provide an overview of the national landscape regarding the replacement for the Affordable Care Act and the integration of oral health into health policies and how to achieve person-centered health care.  Attendees will also learn what statewide oral health activities are taking place from state agency representatives and various statewide organizations. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017 brings new opportunities for attendees to learn about Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) and how local providers and educators are integrating SDF into practice or programs during the Minimally Invasive Dentistry Symposium that will also include a discussion on coding and utilizing teledentistry.  We are also pleased to have a representative from the Washington Dental Service Foundation provide information about their medical/dental integrated program called Baby Teeth Matters and their nationally recognized communications program, Mighty Mouth.

During each day of the summit, attendees will have the opportunity to review poster presentations and enjoy plenty of networking time with our exhibitors and sponsors.  Student table clinic presentations will be judged during the opening reception Thursday evening and students are invited to exhibit their presentations during the entire summit.   Drawing for the winner of the portable unit donated by Midwest Dental will occur during the annual TxOHC meeting on Friday.  A total of 14.0 dental CEUs can be earned during this lecture series.

Stay tuned for more Summit information in the month's to come!

2016 Speaker Susan Maples

If you missed the 2016 Texas Oral Health Summit, visit Past Summits to view a brief video montage of the highlights. Stay tuned for more information and schedule updates.

How will you be participating?

As an (Please choose any of the bulleted activities listed)

Health Provider(s)


Policy Maker


2-16 Exhibitor and Attendee
  • Attend the Oral Health Summit for your own edification and bring a friend
  • Learn more about oral health to share with friends and family
  • Improve you and your family’s oral health
  • Choose a TxOHC program to participate in at your community level

Testimony, Stories and Sound Bites From Program Participants

2016 Texas Oral Health Summit Attendees Say:

  • “Excellent program with interesting speakers. The venue was good. I liked having the food in the vendor area and being able to move from vendor to program easily.”

  • “I really enjoyed the speakers, especially Dr. Maples. Very high quality with great information. I appreciated the healthy food options.”

  • “Great Conference”

  • “Excellent presentations, presenters were extremely knowledgeable about the topics.” “Dr. Maples was superb. A charming mix of Tony Robbins and Suze Orman.”

  • “Edie Gibson's presentation underscored with her sincere desire to make a positive difference challenged me to be more responsive to substance abusers.”

  • “Another great speaker. You never disappoint.”

  • “Loved this. I have changed some of my own habits and shared a lot of information with other faculty. I really liked Dr. Maples!

  • “What an eye-opener! I was not even aware of some of these drugs that are on the streets now. Being aware of addictions of all types is necessary now days and being able to recognize and discuss it with patients is extremely important for their health and well-being.”

  • “What great poster presentations this year. They were all very informative and many programs or projects look to be worth replicating.”

TxOHC Sponsors Say About the 2016 Texas Oral Health Summit:

  • “At the "Annual TXOHC Summit", its executives, members, and partners create an atmosphere of shared excellence in education, care for the patients, and access for the underserved populations. The relationships and friendship the meeting format supports makes it a unique opportunity for all.”

  • “It was great! Great learning day for everyone.”