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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Learn more about oral health?

Excellent resources are available to help non-dental professionals learn the essential components of oral health for medical practice and earn continuing education credit. Modules address oral health promotion and disease prevention and these sites include an extensive library of additional resources.

Smiles for Life is 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.

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Pedialink, the AAP Online Learning Center, presents a course in the diagnosis, management, and triage of common oral pathology. AMA PRA Category 1 Credit, AAP Credit, NAPNAP, and MOC Part 2 available. $24 AAP Member; $29 Non-member.

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Oral health information can be found in the Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision for Infants, Children, and Adolescents, Fourth Edition, as well as the AAP/Bright Futures Periodicity Schedule. Also see the Bright Futures: Oral Health—Pocket Guide. The AAP Section on Oral Health routinely reviews any AAP guideline that may include or impact children’s oral health.

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Policies written by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on oral health cover a breadth of topics related to children’s oral health including general information to maintain and improve the oral health of children, fluoride use, and more specialized topics such as child abuse and neglect and children with disabilities. The AAP Section on Oral Health routinely reviews any AAP policy that may include or impact children’s oral health.

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