Education Just for You – Medical Providers
Cavities can be prevented, but not enough children get early preventive care.
Children with cavities can suffer from pain, have difficulty eating, be distracted from learning, and feel less confident. Providing preventive care, such as screenings and fluoride varnish, is critical as soon as teeth erupt and regularly thereafter.
What can I-Smile do for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants?
The goal of I-Smile is to ensure that all children have a dental home. As a medical provider, you are an integral part of this dental home and an important partner in improving children’s oral health, especially children 0–3 years.
The first step is to link with your local I-Smile Coordinator.
Your I-Smile Coordinator can help you with:
- Finding a dentist for families who don’t have a usual source of care and helping make dental appointments.
- Assisting families with dental insurance and other payment sources for care.
- Arranging transportation to dental offices.
- Providing training for your medical staff on oral health, including screening and fluoride varnish application.
How can medical providers help?
Assess: Help identify tooth decay through oral health screenings at each well-child visit.
Educate: Provide anticipatory guidance to parents and children about oral health care and the importance of regular dental visits.
Refer: For children needing dental treatment, make a referral to a dental provider or I-Smile Coordinator.
In addition, medical providers can provide fluoride varnish treatments at well-child visits. For more information about applying fluoride varnish: Fluoride Varnish for the Medical Provider .
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