From the First Tooth
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Portland, ME 04101
Telephone: (207) 662-6296
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This document provides guidance for states on designing and implementing a program to train private medical practices, community health centers, and health professional schools to incorporate oral health assessments, health education, fluoride-varnish application, and referrals into standard pediatric practice. Topics include program partners, financing, recruitment, training, adoption, sustainability, and measures. Additional topics include the importance of engaging future health professionals, educating consumers, and establishing a dental home. Recommendations are also provided. The appendices contain sample marketing materials, a letter of commitment, electronic health record screenshots, new hire training information, follow-up surveys, maintenance of certification guidelines, and an evaluation form.