Oral Health Day




Oral Health Day 2020

Oral Health Day 2020 was a great success, even in our adjusted online format. Thank you to our fantastic panel of speakers and everyone who attended!

Scroll down to learn more about Oral Health Day 2020 Part 2—we will be touring Federally Qualified Health Centers with community and elected officials later this fall.


“Virtual” Oral Health Day and Community Tours

To ensure the safety of all Oral Health Day participants, Oral Health Day 2020 on June 3 will no longer happen in person at the North Carolina Legislature in Raleigh.

Instead, join public health officials, health care providers, policymakers, community voices, and other oral health champions across the state online for a virtual oral health day. We will have a fantastic lineup of speakers to discuss the state of oral health in North Carolina, shortage areas we must address, how teledentistry can be used as a tool to bridge access gaps, policy priorities moving forward.


Since legislative visits at the North Carolina General Assembly will not happen this year, Oral Health Day will now be extended to include community tours of safety net dental clinics later this fall.

We will bring legislators and community members together for tours of Kintegra Health in the west, Green County Health Care in the east, and Piedmont Health in central North Carolina. Each visit will include a tour of the dental clinic, a teledentistry demonstration, and a town hall-style discussion with state legislators.

What is Oral Health Day?

Every year NCOHC brings oral health advocates from across the state for a day of action at the North Carolina General Assembly. We hear from dynamic speakers, discuss pressing issues in oral health care, and meet with our elected officials.

This year the theme of Oral Health Day is teledentistry. See our resources below to learn more about teledentistry and how it will benefit North Carolina, and register for Oral Health Day today!

Featured Speakers

Dr. Bill Donigan, Kintegra Health

Dr. Shaun Matthews, UNC Adams School of Dentistry

Dr. Andres Flores, ECU School of Dental Medicine

Darlene Leysath, The Cornerstone CDC

Bobby White, North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners

Alec Parker, North Carolina Dental Society

Representative David Lewis North Carolina General Assembly

Representative John Autry North Carolina General Assembly

Community Tour Locations

Later this fall, NCOHC will partner with three safety net clinics across North Carolina to host tours for state legislators and the general public. The tours will showcase how clinics use teledentistry to increase access and equity in the care they provide. We will update this page with more information as we continue to finalize details for these community tours.

Oral Health Day Webinar

Click the timestamps below to jump to a specific part of the webinar.

00:00 Who We Are (Purpose, mission, vision, and strategic pillars of focus)

03:46 Our Team

07:56 About Oral Health Day

10:02 Policy and Advocacy (Why is policy advocacy important, how is policymaking accomplished, and overview of North Carolina’s rulemaking process)

14:50 Change to Rule 16W

17:33 Oral Health Day 2020

18:40 Why Teledentistry?

28:28 New Plans for Oral Health Day 2020

36:45 Recap

38:33 Q&A

About Teledentistry

Teledentistry refers to the use of telecommunications for oral health assesment, consultation, and education. Teledentistry is an innovation that has incredible potential to increase access to quality dental assesments and diagnoses in communities that traditionally lack access, especially in rural areas without practicing dentists.

More Teledentistry Resources