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The Dental Home and Oral Health

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OHRC Publications

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Barzel R, Holt K, eds. 2022. Promoting oral health in young children: A resource guide (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 30 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Washington, DC 20057

E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This guide provides an overview of the topic and features descriptions of and links to materials on data and surveillance, policy, professional education and training, public education, and state and local programs. The resource guide also includes descriptions of organizations that can provide additional support for activities that promote the availability of high-quality oral health care for young children. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Casamassimo P, Holt K, eds. 2016. Bright Futures: Oral health—Pocket guide (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 90 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Washington, DC 20057

E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This guide offers health professionals an overview of preventive oral health supervision during five developmental periods: prenatal, infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. It is designed to help health professionals implement specific oral health guidelines during these periods. For each period, information about family preparation, risk assessment, interview questions, screening, examination, preventive procedures, anticipatory guidance, measurable outcomes, and referrals is discussed. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Holthouse S, Browne ME, Holt K. 2009. The dental home: Summary from an MCHB expert meeting. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 34 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Washington, DC 20057

E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This document summarizes a meeting of experts held on September 18-19, 2008, in Washington, DC, to define the concept of a dental home. Topics include exploring the concept as it relates to the philosophy and goals of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, relationships between the medical and dental home concepts, concepts defining and establishing dental homes, and identifying promising practices and programs for implementing dental homes. A companion presentation is also available. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety. 2021–. Brush up on oral health. Waltham, MA: National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety, multiple items

Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
Telephone: (866) 763-6481
E-mail: health@ecetta.info
Website: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov
Available from the website.

This series of tip sheets is intended for Head Start staff to use to support the oral health of children and pregnant people enrolled in Head Start programs and their families. The tip sheets include up-to-date practices and practical tips to promote good oral health. Health and social service professionals interested in improving the oral health of children and pregnant people enrolled in Head Start and their families may also find Brush Up on Oral Health tip sheets helpful.


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National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. 2010. Open wide: Oral health training for health professionals. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 1 v

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Washington, DC 20057

E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This curriculum is designed to help health and early childhood professionals working in community settings (e.g., Head Start, home visiting, WIC staff) promote oral health in the course of promoting general health for infants, children, and their families. Topics include tooth decay, risk factors, and prevention; oral health risk assessment and oral health screening; and anticipatory guidance for parents. Each of the four modules includes an overview, learning objectives, key points, a post-test, and resources. A glossary and a list of presentations, print materials, and videotapes are also presented. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. 2012. Targeted MCH oral health service system project highlights. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 4 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Washington, DC 20057

E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This report features activities and products from 20 Targeted MCH Oral Health Service System projects funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau from 2008 to 2011 to foster statewide efforts to prevent oral diseases and to promote oral-health-program sustainability. Topics include increasing age 1 dental visits for children at greatest risk for oral disease, improving access to oral health services for children with special health care needs, and ensuring restorative treatment of active disease through dental sealant programs. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

     


OHRC Library

This section contains recent materials, not including OHRC-produced materials.


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California Northstate University, College of Dental Medicine and Children's Partnership. 2020. The virtual dental home: Building best practices into California's oral health care delivery system for children. [Los Angeles, CA]: Children's Partnership, 16 pp

Children's Partnership
811 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 1000 Los Angeles, CA 90017

Telephone: (213) 341-1222
Fax: (213) 293-1483
E-mail: frontdoor@childrenspartnership.org
Website: http://www.childrenspartnership.org
Available from the website.

This brief provides information about the virtual dental home (VDH) implemented by four communities in five California counties as part of their local dental pilot projects (LDPPs). The aim of the LDPPs is to increase use of oral health care among children enrolled in Medi-Cal through innovative pilot projects. The brief provides background on the VDH, outlines how it was implemented, identifies lessons learned and best practices, and provides recommendations for integrating the VDH into California’s oral-health-care-delivery system. It also considers the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on VDH implementation.


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Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Head Start Association, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Oral Health Program, Medical College of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Dental Association. 2017. Earlier Is Better: Oral health program for Early Head Start–Final project report . Milwaukee, WI: Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin, 65 pp

Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin
620 South 76th Street, Suite 120
Milwaukee, WI 53214

Telephone: (414) 292-4000
Secondary Telephone: (414) 337-4561
Fax: (414) 231-4972
Website: https://www.chawisconsin.org/
Available from the website.

This report describes a partnership to improve oral health in pregnant women and children enrolled in Early Head Start in Wisconsin and, specifically, those enrolled in the home visiting program. Contents include information about data collection and statistical analysis, partnership overview and processes, training for home visitors and parent educators on using the Parent Oral Health Education Toolkit (POHET), changes in oral health knowledge and behaviors for parents and other caregivers after implementation of the POHET, increases in the number of children with a dental home, and reductions in children's dental caries experience at age 3.


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Damiano PC, Reynolds JC, McKernan SC, Mani S, Kuthy RA. 2015. The need for defining a patient-centered dental home model in the era of the Affordable Care Act. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa, Public Policy Center, 32 pp

University of Iowa, Public Policy Center
310 South Grand Avenue 209 South Quadrangle
Iowa City, IA 52242

Telephone: (319) 335-6800
Fax: (319) 335-6801
Website: http://ppc.uiowa.edu
Available from the website.

This report describes medical home and dental home models of care, Affordable Care Act–related health care system changes, and options for integrating oral health care and other health care. Topics include medical-dental integration approaches, features of highly integrated systems, integrating oral health into medical and health home models, integrating oral health into training programs, advantages and barriers to integration, and future directions for the patient-centered dental home.


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From the First Tooth. 2022. Oral health training for community organizations. Portland, ME: From the First Tooth, 1 video (19:04 min)

From the First Tooth / Before the First Tooth
c/o MaineHealth 110 Free Street
Portland, ME 04101

Telephone: (207) 662-6296
E-mail: info@fromthefirsttooth.org
Website: http://www.fromthefirsttooth.org
Available from the website.

This training provides information to improve women’s oral health through education, collaboration, and integration of oral health care into prenatal care and primary care. It includes reasons that preventive oral health care is important and key messages to use with pregnant women and parents with infants. It also reviews basic concepts related to oral health in pregnant women, infants, and children and discusses the importance of the dental home and of providing referrals to dentists. [Partially funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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University of Hawaii at Månoa, Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing. 2022. Providing oral health service in primary care practice. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii at Månoa, Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing, 1 video (7:52 minutes), 1 fact sheet (4 pp)

University of Hawaii at Manoa, Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 402
Honolulu, HI 96822

Telephone: 808-956-8522
Fax: 808-956-3257
Website: http://www.nursing.hawaii.edu/
Available from the website.

These resources offers instructions for how to provide five essential oral health services (caries risk assessment, knee-to-knee oral examination, fluoride varnish application, education/anticipatory guidance, and referral for a dental home) during a well-child visit. The tool also includes steps for fluoride varnish application and photographs to help health professionals identify tooth decay in infants and young children. A fluoride-varnish-progress-note template is included.

     

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