Dental caries

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Oral Health Risk Assessment Tool 07/08/14

The Oral Health Risk Assessment (OHRA) Tool helps pediatricians and other medical providers understand risk factors, protective factors, and clinical findings related to dental caries in young children.

Accompanying the OHRA Tool is the Self-Management Goal Sheet for Parents and Caregivers, outlining simple lifestyle and diet changes that can improve a family’s oral health.

Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum for Primary Care Providers 02/13/13

Smiles for Life is a comprehensive oral health curriculum for primary care clinicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, students, and educators. The set of courses, available online or for download, is designed to enhance the role of primary care clinicians in the promotion of oral health for all age groups through the development and dissemination of high-quality educational resources.

The modules include the following:

  • The relationship of oral to...
Give Kids a Smile Toolbox 01/24/13

The American Dental Association launched the Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) program as a way for dentists across the country to join with others in their community to provide dental services to underserved children.

The GKAS Program Planning Toolbox is a resource for dentists and other team members interested in implementing the program in their community. The guide includes a step-by-step timetable on how to plan an educational, screening, or treatment event; how to promote the event...

Cavity Free at Three 05/18/10

Cavity Free at Three is a 3-year statewide initiative aimed at preventing oral disease in young children. Over the course of the project, communities will receive technical assistance, training, supplies, and materials to implement the Cavity Free at Three oral disease prevention program.

Included as free downloads on this Web site are training and program materials to help:

  • Assess pregnant women’s and new mother’s oral health
  • Educate mothers on promoting their...
Healthy People 2010 Oral Health Toolkit 09/21/09

The Healthy People 2010 Oral Health Toolkit provides guidance, technical tools, and resources to help States, territories, tribes, and communities develop and implement successful oral health components of Healthy People 2010 plans as well as other oral health plans. These plans are useful for:

  • Promoting, implementing, and tracking oral health objectives
  • Educating the public and policymakers about oral health needs and disparities
  • Leveraging resources for...
Practical Oral Care for People With Developmental Disabilities 03/19/08

This series of publications equips dental professionals in the community with the basic information they need to deliver quality oral health care to people with special needs. This tool includes a guide for caregivers, which provides steps to maintaining good oral health for family members or clients with special needs.

This tool includes the following publications for health professionals:

  • An introduction to practical oral care for people with developmental disabilities...
Five Steps to Safer Dental Care 12/17/07

This brochure offers suggestions to help patients improve the quality of their dental care.

This brochure presents the following five steps:

  1. Be an active member of your dental care team
  2. Tell your dentist about medical problems, medications, allergies, or bad reactions you have had in the past
  3. Talk openly with your dentist and the dental team about your care and treatment choices
  4. Make sure that when you need dental care, you and the dentist agree on...
Snack Smart for Healthy Teeth 12/17/07

This tool will help children and parents choose the right snacks in order to prevent tooth decay.

This tool is organized into the following sections:

  • What’s wrong with sugary snacks, anyway?
  • How do sugars attack your teeth?
  • How can I “snack smart” to protect myself from tooth decay?
  • Snack Smart food list
  • Note to parents
National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center 12/17/07

The purpose of the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) is to respond to the needs of States and communities in addressing current and emerging public oral health issues. OHRC supports health professionals, program administrators, educators, policymakers, and others with the goal of improving oral health services for infants, children, adolescents, and their families. The resource center collaborates with Federal, State, and local agencies; national and State...

Preventing Dental Caries in Preschool Children, What's New from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) 12/17/07

This fact sheet presents highlights of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on preventing dental caries in preschool children.

Topics addressed include:

  • What does the USPSTF recommend?
  • What should primary clinicians know?
  • What forms of fluoride may be used to prevent dental caries?
  • What are the potential harms of fluoride supplementation?
  • More information

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