Module 2: Providing Optimal Oral Health Care
- Family-centered care is an approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care that is governed by partnerships between families and health professionals. Family-centered care is responsive to the priorities and choices of families; recognizes the vital role that parents play in ensuring the health and well-being of their child; and acknowledges that emotional, social, and developmental support are integral components of health care.
- Family-centered services can provide education to parents to help them provide the best possible oral health care for their child at home.
- Oral health care provided in an office can be pleasant and rewarding for children if enough time is taken to establish trust to orient the child and parents to the office environment, equipment, and procedures.
- Letting parents know that their input is important builds mutual respect.