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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Assess risk, apply fluoride, and refer?

Pediatric offices are encouraged to offer oral health risk assessment, anticipatory guidance, fluoride varnish, and referral to a dental home. Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) and/or Medicaid cover some services in all states. Through the Affordable Care Act, private insurers should cover fluoride varnish in the primary care setting with no cost-sharing, but specific plan rules may vary.

The following are examples of state-based programs that serve as models for implementing programs and provide training guides or other tested tools. Explore health departments, medical-dental training programs, and payers in your state for additional models.

Cavity Free at Three

From the First Tooth

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Children

AAP practice tools will help facilitate inter-professional referral and bi-directional communication between pediatricians, dentists, and their professional colleagues (nurses, hygienists, assistants).

How to create a Dental Referral Resource Sheet for your practice

Questions to Ask When Calling a Dental Provider

Pediatric Medical-to-Dental Care Referral Form on Protect Tiny Teeth

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