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For Medical Providers

Fluoride Applications in Primary Care

Initiating preventive dental care at an early age in primary medical settings may offer an opportunity to prevent dental decay.  Montana Medicaid reimburses physicians, physician assistants and advance practice nurses for applying topical fluoride varnish.  Training for fluoride application can be found at the Smiles for Life website.

Conducting a Caries Risk Assessment allows providers a standardized way to document risk for dental disease.  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in collaboration with Bright Futures and National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health developed an assessment tool.

Montana Steps to Prevention
AAP resources for fluoride varnish applications
Purchasing Fluoride Varnish
Oral Health: An Essential Component of Primary Care
Oral Health Integration Implementation Guide
Brush. Book. Bed.
Simple, clear messaging to help structure a healthy night time routine for children.

CDC Diabetes Toolkit

To enhance the integration of oral health into primary medical care the CDC offers a toolkit, Working Together to Manage Diabetes: A Toolkit for Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, and Dentistry.

American Diabetes Association

Oral Health and Hygiene Resources

National Network for Oral Health Access