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The Dental Home and Oral Health

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OHRC Publications

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Barzel R, Holt K. 2012. Child and adolescent oral health issues. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 8 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This fact sheet provides health professionals with information on issues related to child and adolescent oral health. Topics include dental caries, access to care, children and adolescents with special health care needs, dental sealants, fluorides, nutrition, injury and violence, and tobacco. [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
Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This pocket 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
Telephone: (202) 784-9771
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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Lowe E, Barzel R, Holt K. 2016. Integrating sustainable oral health services into primary care in school-based health centers: A framework. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 1 v

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This framework offers ideas for school-based health centers (SBHCs) to consider when integrating sustainable comprehensive oral health services into primary care to improve the quality of oral health care of children and adolescents. The framework presents a description of six levels of integration to help SBHCs evaluate their current level of integration and key elements to more fully integrate sustainable comprehensive oral health services into primary care in SBHCs. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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National Center on Health, Behaviorial Health, and Safety. 2012–. Brush up on oral health. Waltham,MA: National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety, monthly

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 provides Head Start staff with information on current practice and practical tips to promote good oral health. Topics include teething, fluoridated community water, healthy drink choices, healthy bedtime habits, oral health during pregnancy, and preventing oral disease.


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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
Telephone: (202) 784-9771
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 issue 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. The brief also considers the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on VDH implementation.


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CareQuest Institute for Oral Health. 2021. Oral disease is common. Access to care is not.: State of oral health equity in America 2021. Boston, MA: CareQuest Institute for Oral Health, 6 pp

CareQuest Institute for Oral Health
465 Medford Street
Boston, MA 02129-1454

Telephone: (617) 886-1700
Website: https://www.carequest.org/
Available from the website.

This report provides information about oral health inequities. Drawing on results from the State of Oral Health Equity in America 2021 survey of 5,320 adults, the report shows that people of color and those with low incomes bear a disproportionate burden of oral disease and disproportionately lack access to needed care. Also discussed are symptoms of oral disease, how frequently symptoms are treated across the U.S. population, and the importance of establishing a dental home.


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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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Michigan Oral Health Coalition. 2019. Check up on oral health: Age one dental services—Michigan county profile 2019. Lansing, MI: Michigan Oral Health Coalition, 4 pp

Michigan Oral Health Coalition
106 W. Allegan Street, Suite 310
Lansing, MI 48933

Telephone: (517) 827-0466
Fax: (517) 381-8008
Website: http://www.mohc.org
Available from the website.

This document provides information about age 1 dental services in Michigan. The document includes background about the importance of good oral health in early childhood and offers statistics, by county, on infants and children under age 2 who participate in Medicaid who had at least one dental visit in 2017. Factors contributing to low access are presented. Information about Michigan Perinatal Oral Health Guidelines and a dental periodicity chart are included.


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TeethFirst!. 2014. First dental visits [Primeras visitas dentales]. Providence, RI: TeethFirst!, 6 pp

TeethFirst!
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT One Union Station
Providence, RI 02903

Telephone: (401) 351-9400
Fax: (401) 351-1758
E-mail: info@TeethFirstRI.org
Website: http://www.teethfirstri.org
Available at no charge; also available from the web site.

This brochure for parents focuses on the importance of primary teeth and of the age 1 dental visit for healthy child development. Topics include how to find a dentist, what happens at the first dental visit, how to prepare a child for the first visit, and what questions to ask the dentist. The brochure is available in English and Spanish.

     

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