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Updated Periodicity Schedule
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued updated screening and assessment recommendations for children's preventive healthcare. The Bright Futures/AAP Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care (Periodicity Schedule) reflects changes approved in February 2017 and published in April 2017. A summary of changes is provided on page 2 of the schedule. For oral health, assessing for a dental home has been updated to occur at the 12-month and 18-month through 6-year visits. A subheading has been added for fluoride supplementation, with a recommendation from the 6-month through 12-month and 18-month through 16-year visits. Footnotes 32, 33, and 35 have been updated/added. For further information, see the Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition, Evidence and Rationale chapter.
APHA Call for Nominations
The Oral Health Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) has issued a call for nominations for awards. The Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health Pre-Professional and Post-Professional Awards were established in memory of the late Anthony Westwater Jong and in recognition of his commitment to community-based dental public health, his strong and highly acclaimed mentoring of students, and his emphasis on the importance of state, local and community-based public health action. The John W. Knutson Distinguished Service Award in Dental Public Health has been presented each year since 1982 to honor an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to improve oral health in the United States. Its recipients have demonstrated sustained and exemplary accomplishments in the field of dental public health. Learn more and find the nomination form online. Nominations are due Monday, May 15, 2017.
Webinar: What's the Word on Dental Sealants
On Friday, March 31, at 1:00 p.m. (ET), learn about the scientific evidence that supports the use, safety and benefits of sealants and review the American Dental Association clinical practice guideline for the use of pit and fissure sealants. This webinar will give tips on engaging in conversation with a parent/caretaker about the benefits and safety of dental sealants. It will also provide information about patient education materials/information providers can share with patients about sealants. Participants will learn about the success of a state sealant program and practitioner opportunities to participate in state or local sealant programs. Continuing education credit is available to participants who complete this webinar. Register.