Fluoride varnish training in medical officeRead the Full Story
Oral health has historically been separated from overall health, resulting in low rates of children receiving preventive oral health care. By integrating oral health into medical visits, pregnant women and children are much more likely to receive effective oral health prevention information and services.
Since implementation of CavityFree SF Strategic Plan in 2014:
Medical providers trained on fluoride varnish
Decrease in caries experience in preschoolers
Additional SFUSD preschoolers receiving fluoride varnish annually
Institute fluoride varnish applications and oral health education in well-child pediatric visits
within community clinics and private medical offices targeting undeserved neighborhoods
Incorporate oral health care for children more prominently into Managed Care Health Plans
Oral health performance improvement training for pediatricians and nurses and sustainable reimbursement for fluoride varnish
Standardize Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
Include questions on oral health and management of dental referrals in EMR system used in medical offices and clinics throughout SF
Train pediatric and prenatal providers on importance of oral health
Incorporate oral health assessment, referral and fluoride varnish into children's health and prenatal care settings
SF DPH Oral Health Brochures
This webpage shares oral health brochures and dental referral directories, listing dentists and dental clinics in SF that accept Denti-Cal/Medi-Cal. These are great resources that medical providers can share with their patients.
How Fluoride Works
CDC website covers a number of oral health topics, including fluoride and how to care for children’s teeth
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