May 2018
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Featuring the latest resources to promote oral health

May 2018

The following news and resources are featured by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC). 
Healthy Habits for Happy Smiles

Healthy Habits for Happy Smiles

This series of handouts provides tips on oral health issues for pregnant women and parents of infants and young children. Topics include taking care of oral health during pregnancy, managing teething pain, taking care of infants’ oral health, brushing children’s teeth, toothbrushing positions and tips for brushing the teeth of children with special health care needs, choosing healthy drinks, giving healthy snacks, getting fluoride, preventing oral injuries, giving first aid for oral injuries, and finding and visiting a dental clinic. 

View, download, and print individual titles, or the entire series in English and Spanish.

The handouts are produced by the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW). OHRC is a partner in NCECHW.

In the News

Healthy People 2020 Oral Health Infographic

Healthy People 2020 has released an oral health infographic with the latest data related to that leading health indicator. Items features include dental visit by family income, dental visit by education, and progress toward the 2020 target. 

NNOHA Call for Applications for Collaborative

The National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) is recruiting up to 40 health center dental programs to participate in a Breakthrough Series Collaborative. The collaborative will focus on improving sealant delivery systems to improve health center sealant rates for children 6-14. Teams are expected to send 2-3 participants to 3 in-person learning sessions (in Chicago; travel is not included). Health centers are encouraged to apply and participate in training and support in implementing quality improvement in the health center dental program, development of a mini-dashboard of oral health metrics, and application of patient-centered and evidence-based care supported by national experts in oral health quality improvement. Online applications are due by Wednesday, August 1, at 5:00 p.m. PDT.

CDC Infection Control Training Modules

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Division of Oral Health has released the Basic Expectations for Safe Care Training Modules, a training series that covers the basic principles of infection prevention and control that form the basis for CDC recommendations for dental health care settings. It complements CDC’s Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care, and was developed to increase adherence to established infection prevention practices.

Key infection control guidance and tools from CDC are listed below. Visit CDC’s website for a comprehensive list of resources.

CMS Informational Bulletin on Payment Policies and Periodicity Schedules

The Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an informational bulletin on May 4, 2018: Aligning Dental Payment Policies and Periodicity Schedules in the Medicaid and CHIP Programs. This bulletin discusses the importance of state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance (CHIP) programs properly implementing their pediatric dental periodicity schedules in order to ensure children’s access to critical dental coverage. The bulletin discusses two aspects of this in detail, with examples, and concludes with recommendations for action. Find more on CMS's dental care page. Commonly used periodicity schedules include those from Bright Futures and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). AAPD has collected state dental periodicity schedules and their web page offers additional resources.

Bright Futures Oral Health Pocket Guide

Bright Futures Oral Health—Pocket Guide View and Print Options

Print copies of OHRC's pocket guide are no longer available, but there are several options for you to view and print the guide. 

Print from browser. Use the "print page" button in the top navigation bar to print each page individually in a web browser.

Print entire guide. Download the printer-friendly (two pocket guide pages per full sheet of paper) PDF file. Two-sided printing uses 26 pages of paper.

Use on mobile device. Download the e-reader-friendly PDF file to read on a mobile device.
OHRC services are supported by a cooperative agreement (U44MC30806) from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration.
Copyright © 2018 National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, All rights reserved.

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