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Children’s Oral Health & the Primary Care Provider

Children’s Oral Health & the Primary Care Provider. Purpose of Oral Health Training.

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Children’s Oral Health & the Primary Care Provider

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  1. Children’s Oral Health & the Primary Care Provider

  2. Purpose of Oral Health Training According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dental caries is now the most common chronic disease among children in the United States and also one of the most common transmissible, infectious diseases. One-fourth of U.S. children aged 2–5 years and half of those aged 12–15 years are affected by tooth decay. Every year nearly 52 million hours of school are lost due to dental disease. The burden of dental caries falls disproportionately to low income children; who also are least likely to have access to dental care.

  3. Purpose of Oral Health Training There are many barriers to dental care for children. For every child without health insurance, nearly 3 are without dental insurance and the majority of dentists in Iowa are not accepting new Medicaid clients. The US is also experiencing a shortage of dentists.

  4. Purpose of Oral Health Training The primary care provider (PCP) sees children for routine well visits approximately 12 times in the first 3 years. This makes the child’s PCP and medical home the logical site of early oral health care and the dental home for children under the age of 3 years.

  5. Intended Audience This oral health training is geared to: • Pediatrician • Family physician • Pediatric or family medicine resident • Allied health professional: nurse, nursing assistant, nurse practitioner, physician assistant • Dental provider: pediatric or general dentist or dental hygienist However, other professionals involved with young children may also benefit from the information presented in this training.

  6. Funding and Support This training was made possible by a grant from the Iowa Department of Public Health and through the support and assistance of the Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and the Oral Health Bureau of the Iowa Department of Public Health.

  7. Faculty Jody R. Murph MD, MS, FAAP Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics University of Iowa Children’s Hospital Immediate Past President, Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Karin Weber-Gasparoni D.D.S., MS, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry Director, Infant Oral Health Program University of Iowa College of Dentistry Kecia Leary DDS, MS Pediatric Dentist University of Iowa College of Dentistry Jordan Valley Community Health Center, Springfield, Mo.

  8. Disclosures None of the faculty for these training modules have any relevant financial relationships with the manufacturers of any commercial product(s) and/or providers of commercial services discussed in this training. The faculty will discuss off-label use of pharmaceuticals/medical devices (fluoride varnish for dental caries prevention) and will identify any off-label product use during the presentation.

  9. Acknowledgements We would like to acknowledge the contributions and assistance of the following individuals/entities, who have helped to make this possible: • Tim Beachy: Prepare Iowa LMS Coordinator, Institute for Public Health Practice, UI College of Public Health • Bob Russell, DDS, MPH: Public Health Dental Director, IDPH • I-Smile Dental Home Project • Scott Fedler; UI Health Care • Anita Forbes; UI College of Dentistry

  10. Course Content For questions regarding course content contact: • Jody R. Murph MD, MS 319-356-3986 jody-murph@uiowa.edu or • Karin Weber-Gasparoni DDS, MS, PhD 319-335-7478 karin-weber-gasparoni@uiowa.edu

  11. Time for Completion of Modules • The time for completion of this training is approximately 1 hour for each module. If all modules 1-6 are completed, it is estimated that the learner will spend approximately 6 hours in the study and completion of all units.

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