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Oral Health Clinician Tool Kit

The tool kit information and materials are designed to support and strengthen outreach, education and the connection between dentists, clinicians and local Head Start programs.


Head Start Dental Home Initiative

This resource was developed in conjunction with and was funded by the Office of Head Start/American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) Dental Home Initiative until September 2010.

One of the goals is to assist Head Start programs by obtaining comprehensive services to meet the full range of oral health needs of the children they serve. From September 2007 to September 2010, the AAPD and Head Start partnered at the national, regional, state, and local level to develop a national network of dentists to link Head Start Children with dental homes. As of October 2010, this initiative is being led by the National Head Start Association.

To learn more about the Head Start Dental Home initiative, visit their Program Information web page.

Professional Statements and Instructional Manuals:

  • Fluoride Varnish
    In children with moderate to high caries risk, fluoride varnishes and fluoride-releasing restorative and bonding materials have been shown to be beneficial and are best utilized as part of a comprehensive preventive program in the dental home.
  • Oral Health Care for the Pregnant Women (pdf)
    Addresses oral health issues specific to pregnant women in South Carolina. It is based on New York State Department of Health clinical practice guidelines.
  • Oral Health Risk Assessments
    The American Academy of Pediatrics for pediatricians specifically recommends that: Pediatricians, family practitioners, pediatric nurse practitioners, and physician assistants should be trained to perform an oral health risk assessment on all children beginning by 6 months of age to identify known risk factors for early childhood dental caries.
  • Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum
    An oral health curriculum that enhances the role of primary care clinicians in the promotion of oral health for all age groups. Developed by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Group on Oral Health.
  • South Carolina Takes Action: Oral Health for the Young Child (pdf)
    Primarily focused on ages 0-3, it provides the foundation for a collaborative, community approach to improve the oral health status of South Carolinaís young children. It is based on established guidelines produced by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatrics and other key professional organizations such as the American Dental Association, Bright Futures, and the Society of Family Medicine.

Patient Resources and Referral Forms:

Continuing Education Opportunities

The online courses below are hosted at the Ohio Safety Net Dental Clinics website. Continuing education (CE) credits available for oral health professionals.

  1. Caries Prevention, Risk Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment (2 credits)
    The modules provide a framework for assessing patients' risk for dental caries and determining prevention, treatment, and education strategies based on that patientís risk category.
  2. Oral Health Care for Young Children (2 credits)
    Designed to help clinicians learn about providing care to infants and children from birth through age 3.