Tooth diseases

Innovations

Program Offering Free Dental Care in Exchange for Community Service Significantly Reduces Dental-Related Emergency Department Visits by Uninsured Individuals 01/26/14

The Dentists' Partnership in Battle Creek, MI, provides free oral health care to low-income, uninsured individuals in exchange for community service. Approximately 70 percent of the dentists in...

Adding Diabetes and Hypertension Screening to Oral Health and Hygiene Program Identifies Many Seniors With or at Risk for These Chronic Illnesses 07/17/13

In an expansion of a program known as ElderSmile, which provides oral examinations and oral hygiene education to mostly Hispanic and African-American seniors at community centers throughout...

Rural Practice Redesigns Care Processes To Allow Multidisciplinary Teams To Leverage Electronic Health Record, Leading to Better Screening of Medically Underserved 01/29/13

The Kodiak Area Native Association, a practice based in Kodiak, Alaska, redesigned its care processes in conjunction with adoption of a new electronic health record system, with the goal of...

Medicaid Reimbursement and Training Enable Primary Care Providers to Deliver Preventive Dental Care at Well-Child Visits, Enhancing Access for Low-Income Children 01/03/13

As part of a comprehensive program to enhance access to dental services for Medicaid-eligible children younger than 6 years in Washington state, legislation enables primary care medical providers...

Comprehensive Statewide Program Combines Training and Higher Reimbursement for Providers With Outreach and Education for Families, Enhancing Access to Dental Care for Low-Income Children 01/03/13

A comprehensive, multi-stakeholder program in Washington State seeks to enhance access to dental services for Medicaid-eligible children younger than 6 years through training, enhanced...

QualityTools

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...

Bright Futures Materials 09/26/13

Bright Futures is a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative that addresses children’s health needs in the context of family and community. The Bright Futures materials are designed to be useful to a wide range of audiences...

Washington Dental Service Foundation: Kids Oral Health 04/16/13

This Web site offers an online course to train primary care providers to deliver oral health preventive services to young children during well-child checks. The course addresses:

  • Screening and assessing risk for dental disease...
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...

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...

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