Oral Health Resources
As pediatricians we recognize that maintaining children’s oral health is an essential component to comprehensive healthcare. Establishing professional partnerships so that a child’s oral health is coordinated and family centered will allow the establishment of a dental home, much like a medical home, no later than 12 months of age. It is essential that a dental home is established to reduce the most common chronic disease of childhood, dental caries and its associated complications and manage orofacial injury.
Dental caries is a transmissible disease due to bacteria which are transmitted vertically by salivary contact of the primary caregiver to the child. Oral health risk assessments for caries can be performed as early as the 6 and 9 month well child visits, and your findings can then be relayed to dentist. Dentists that will likely be able to assist pediatricians with children’s oral healthcare needs include pediatric dentists who are residency trained in the care of children and general dentists. Please take advantage of the following websites for additional information and the oral health risk assessment tool.
Oral Health and Children from the AAP
Here are many useful tools and resources from national AAP, including how to join the Oral Health Section.
Virginia Department of Health – Dental health resources for parents and providers including guidelines, brochures, fluoridation information, and more!
Guidelines for Oral Health for Pediatricians
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Infant Formula Fluorosis
Evidence-Based Clinical Recommendations Regarding Fluoride Intake From Reconstituted Infant Formula and Enamel Fluorosis: A Report of the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs
CME on Oral Health
Learn more about how to integrate oral health into your medical by completing the free, online oral health curriculum available at www.smilesforlifeoralhealth.com. Smiles for Life is the nation’s most comprehensive and widely used oral health curriculum designed for primary care clinicians, offering eight hours of free CME credit. The seven-module course covers the relationship of oral to systemic health, child oral health, adult oral health, dental emergencies, oral health in pregnancy, fluoride varnish, and the oral examination. Curricular components of the first two editions of Smiles for Life have been downloaded over 100,000 times.