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.
How do I…
Every member of the healthcare team plays a role in educating and informing parents, caregivers and families. Below are links to a wealth of resources to help you learn how to communicate about oral health and prevent dental disease when working with families. Be sure to explore the many resources that can be provided to parents and caregivers.
An AAP resource with pictures and speaker’s notes to assist pediatricians in counseling patients about oral health and applying fluoride varnish.View Resource
Videos, brochures, posters and social media for providers working with pregnant women and new mothers.View Resource
Guides to help professionals talk about fluoridated water with parents and caregivers and corresponding information to print as handouts. Websites in English and Spanish with easy-to-use graphics and fact sheets on the benefits of fluoride and community water fluoridation.View Resource
AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight resources on nutrition and active living for prevention of obesity.View Resource
Provider and parent resources on the effects of tobacco produce use and oral health from the AAP Julius B Richmond Center of Excellence and the Campaign for Dental Health.View Resource
Guidance on oral health care during pregnancy.View Resource
The American Dental Association Foundation’s program for educators and medical and dental professionals.View Resource
Oral Health Special Needs Fact Sheets for providers and caregivers from the Center for Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Washington.View Resource
An outreach program providing free dental screenings and oral health education.View Resource
A guide on the use of silver diamine fluoride in pediatric dentistry.View Resource
A comprehensive, online learning tool for health professionals made up of learning modules and resources to help integrate oral health and primary care across the lifespan. Look for specific modules on Child Oral Health and Caries Risk Assessment, Fluoride Varnish, and Counseling.View Resource