Oral Health Prevention Primer

We all play a vital role in oral health disease prevention.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Oral Health Prevention Primer is designed to help pediatricians and other health professionals address oral health in practice, understand the roles of oral health allies, and learn how to collaborate and advocate to achieve optimal oral health for their community to prevent dental disease before it starts.

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Advocate for patients and policies?

Oral health advocacy can take many forms. Below are resources that can link you to or otherwise inform your advocacy efforts on a variety of oral health and children’s health topics.

Consult the AAP Oral Health Advocacy Toolkit for ideas, suggestions for action, and content for social media.

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Chapter Oral Health Advocates are pediatricians who act as your Chapter resource and can provide support for oral health initiatives.

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Become a member of the AAP Section on Oral Health (SOOH). The SOOH is open to a variety of medical and dental professionals. In order to engage in medical-dental collaboration we rely on the involvement of dentists, hygienists, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, and others in our work.

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Sign up to receive AAP Federal Advocacy Alerts from our Office of Federal Affairs.

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Follow AAP State Advocacy on children’s health and safety and access resources from our Division of State Government Affairs.

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Access resources that support pediatricians and children’s health advocates in developing programs and building effective partnerships.

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Advocate for healthy childhood weight and active living with resources from the AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight.

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Find parent and community resources and become a champion for community water fluoridation.

Help your practice and community limit consumption of sugar sweetened beverages.

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Consult the National Drinking Water Alliance for ways to advocate for access to water in schools.

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Children exposed to tobacco smoke have higher rates of dental caries. Access tools to identify strategies for addressing a variety of audiences. Engage dental professionals in counseling for cessation and prevention.

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Explore the American Dental Association’s Action for Dental Health.

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