CavityFree SF

Presenter: Prasanthi Patel (CavityFree SF co-lead)


CavityFree SF (formerly the San Francisco Children’s Oral Health Collaborative), now in its 7th year, has been hard at work to improve the oral health of our city’s children through systems change. Advocating for policy, creating champions for oral health, integrating fluoride varnish into medical systems, and supporting and facilitating community partnerships are some areas of focus that have yielded success.

CavityFree SF is a citywide partnership dedicated to achieving optimal oral health for all San Francisco children. We aim to eliminate oral health disparities by influencing policy and establishing systems that provide preventive services and treatment. Utilizing a collective impact model, we work with partners across the city to promote healthy behaviors and increase access to oral health care for children.

CavityFree SF employs six strategies to accomplish its mission:

  • Access – Traditional: Increase access to oral health care services in traditional dental settings for San Francisco children and pregnant women.
  • Access – Innovative: Increase access to oral health care services for San Francisco children and pregnant women outside of traditional dental settings.
  • Integration: Integrate oral health with overall health care.
  • Promotion: Increase awareness and practice of optimal children’s oral health behaviors among diverse communities in San Francisco.
  • Evaluation: Develop and establish an ongoing population-based oral health surveillance system to address the oral health of San Francisco children.
  • Coordination: Provide coordination and oversight for the implementation of the Strategic Plan.

The deployment of these strategies over the next five years will help CavityFree SF to reduce the prevalence of dental caries experience and untreated dental decay, reduce the disparities between Asian, Black, and Latinx kindergarteners and White kindergarteners, and ensure the provision of preventive dental care to low-income children. With a particular focus on equity, this plan will further help CavityFree SF live out our values, to ensure that all children in San Francisco have a healthy start.

The Campaign for Exceptional Smiles is an initiative of the UCSF School of Dentistry to improve the oral health of people with Developmental Disabilities in the San Francisco Bay Area through dental workforce development, increased availability of dental services in dental offices and within community settings, and reduction in the dependence of people with Developmental Disabilities on sedation and/or general anesthesia for dental care.

Our mission is to educate and empower the dental community (predoctoral dental students, postgraduate residents, dentists, dental hygienists, & RDHAPs) by conducting sessions led by multidisciplinary professionals, experts, and self-advocates to promote a patient-centered approach and enhance optimal oral health care for the Developmental Disabilities community.

Please contact us at karen.raju@ucsf.edu.

Program Courses

2 hours
Limiting Architectural Barriers in Dental Office Design for...
This recorded webinar is part of The Campaign for Exceptional Smiles Speaker Series. In this...
2 hours
Innovation in the Dental Care Delivery System for People with...
This recorded webinar is part of The Campaign for Exceptional Smiles Speaker Series. In this...
1.5 hours
Evidence-Based Techniques for Oral Health Behavior and Promotion...
This recorded webinar is part of The Campaign for Exceptional Smiles Speaker Series. In this...
2 hours
The Landscape of Special Needs Care in California and Opportunities...
This recorded webinar is part of The Campaign for Exceptional Smiles Speaker Series. In this...
2.5 hours
An Overview of Developmental Disabilities across the Lifespan...
This recorded webinar is part of The Campaign for Exceptional Smiles Speaker Series. In this...
20 hours
The Campaign for Exceptional Smiles
In this course, participants will be able to learn from multidisciplinary professionals, experts,...