Education Just For You - Dental Providers
Cavities start early.
Recommend a dental visit by age 1.
The entire dental team – dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and office administrators – all play a role in the oral health of Iowans. It is important that children begin to receive dental care as soon as teeth erupt, making their first dental visit before their first birthday. Access to preventive care, like fluoride varnish and dental sealants, is another way we can keep children healthy and decrease health care costs. Starting life with good oral health will translate into a lifetime of good oral health and healthy habits.
What can I-Smile do for dental providers?
The goal of I-Smile is to ensure that children have a dental home. Local I-Smile coordinators are liaisons within communities between families, dental offices, medical offices, schools, Head Start, child care centers, businesses, and civic organizations to build systems that help children access dental care.
I-Smile coordinators work with families, especially those that may have the most difficulty accessing care, to address barriers they may have and to help them understand the importance of regular dental care. Coordinators and their co-workers help schedule appointments, find transportation, provide interpreters, and identify payment sources for dental care.
I-Smile coordinators can also provide training for dental providers, demonstrating ways to provide exams and fluoride applications for young children. They can answer questions about Iowa’s school dental screening requirement or the dental component of hawk-i insurance. Your local I-Smile coordinator will even let you know about local community water fluoridation concerns.
How can dental providers help?
Get to know your local I-Smile coordinator! Click on the tab above, "Find My I-Smile Coordinator”, for the contact information of your coordinator. You and your I-Smile coordinator can identify the best ways to refer families to your office as well as other ways that you can work together to keep Iowans healthy.
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