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The Dental Home and Oral Health

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Key Facts

Did you know? The dental home is the ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient, inclusive of all aspects of oral health care delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way. The dental home should be established no later than age 12 months and includes referral to dental specialists when appropriate.

OHRC Publications

This section contains OHRC-produced materials.


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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
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

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
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

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 for five periods—pregnancy and postpartum, infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. The pocket guide 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 are discussed. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Holt K. 2011. Dentists and Head Start: What you should know and how you can help (upd. ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 4 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This tip sheet provides information about how dentists can help address the oral health needs of pregnant women, infants, and children enrolled in Head Start. Topics include an overview of the Head Start program, information on children’s access to services and oral health status, and promising approaches to providing care for Head Start participants. [Funded in part 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 Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

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
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

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 school-age children and adolescents. The framework presents a description of six levels of integration to help SBHCs evaluate their current level of integration and 10 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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Lowe E, Holt K. 2016. Be an oral health champion. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 4 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This booklet was developed to help Head Start and child care program staff become aware of problems young children with poor oral health may experience. Contents include ideas for promoting oral health and preventing oral disease. [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 Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

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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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 services and other health care services. Topics include medical-dental integration approaches, features of highly integrated systems, oral health integration into medical and health home models, integration in training programs, advantages and barriers to integration, and future directions for the patient-centered dental home.


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Glassman P, Harrington M, Namakian M. 2016. Report of the virtual dental home demonstration: Executive summary–Improving the oral health of vulnerable and underserved populations using geographically distributed telehealth-connected teams. San Francisco, CA: University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, Pacific Center for Special Care, 16 pp, exec summ (4 pp)

University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, Pacific Center for Special Care
155 5th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

E-mail: pglassman@pacific.edu
Website: http://www.pacificspecialcare.org
Available from the website.

This document summarizes results from a 6-year demonstration of a system for improving the oral health of groups in the United States that do not receive oral health care on a regular basis and that have high rates of untreated oral disease. The report describes a model that reaches people who do not regularly visit dental offices by bringing services to them using geographically distributed, telehealth-connected teams to provide the essential ingredients of a dental home. Contents include an overview of the system, major accomplishments, lessons learned, and future directions.


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TeethFirst!. 2015. Why early dental visits matter. Providence, RI: TeethFirst!, 1 video (4 min, 17 sec)

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 from the website.

This video for parents and other caregivers explains why they should take their infant to the dentist by age one. Oral health professionals discuss good oral hygiene and nutrition, and how early and regular professional oral health care can help to establish a positive professional-family relationship and healthy child development. The video is presented in English with Spanish subtitles.


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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General. 2016. Most children with Medicaid in four states are not receiving required dental services. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, 29 pp

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General
c/o U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Public Affairs Cohen Building, Room 5541 330 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20201

Telephone: (202) 619-1343
Fax: (202) 260-8512
E-mail: paffairs@oig.hhs.gov
Website: http://oig.hhs.gov
Available from the website. Document Number: OEI-02-14-00490.

This report describes the extent to which children enrolled in Medicaid in four states (California, Indiana, Louisiana, and Maryland) received pediatric oral health services in 2011 and 2012. The report also describes barriers and strategies to increase access in these states. Contents include background, methodology, findings, recommendations, and conclusions. Topics include the percentage of children who did not receive required oral health services and percentage of those who did not receive all required oral health services, policies that may limit children's ability to receive required services, shortages of dentists who participate in Medicaid, and challenges in educating families about the importance of oral health care.


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University of California, Los Angeles, First 5 LA, and Children Now. 2016. Strengthening dental care for children utilizing California's federally qualified health centers. Oakland, CA: Children Now, 14 pp

Children Now
1212 Broadway, Fifth Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

Telephone: (510) 763-2444
Fax: (510) 763-1974
E-mail: info@childrennow.org
Website: http://www.childrennow.org
Available from the website.

This policy brief provides information about the state of children's oral health in California, an overview of federally qualified health centers' (FQHCs') role in providing primary care and oral health care services to children, and recommendations for expanding the capacity of FQHCs to improve access to quality oral health care for children in California. The brief outlines recommendations for expanding programs to increase co-location of dental and medical clinics at FQHC sites; supporting programs to improve FQHCs' oral health capacity through medical-dental integration; and expanding investments in information technology and personnel to enhance care coordination.

     

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Selected Websites

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors

National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness


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