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Bright Futures in Practice: Oral Health

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Bright Futures in Practice: Oral Health—Pocket Guide is designed to help health professionals implement specific oral health guidelines during pregnancy and postpartum, infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence, and it addresses risk assessment for dental caries, periodontal disease, malocclusion, and injury.

Bright Futures in Practice: Oral Health—Pocket Guide is available:

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Although this publication is copyrighted, we encourage you to download one copy of this publication for your personal use.


Bright Futures in Practice: Oral Health can be used to

Inform families and health professionals about the essentials of oral health, including oral development, dental caries, periodontal disease, malocclusion, tobacco use, and injury

Identify the services that infants, children, and adolescents need for improved oral health

Develop and implement oral health programs

Train health professionals and students

Bright Futures in Practice: Oral Health is based on several innovations. The guide

Introduces the concepts of individualized, cost-effective risk assessment and measurable educational, behavioral, and physical health outcomes as integral to oral health supervision

Emphasizes the contribution and partnership of dental professionals, other health professionals, and families in oral health supervision in an attempt to foster coordination, cooperation, and cost-effectiveness in oral health care delivery

Stresses the importance of early oral health intervention for children, beginning with prenatal counseling and the scheduling of a dental visit by the child's first birthday


To learn more about Bright Futures in Practice: Oral Health contact us.

The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center responds to the needs of states and communities in addressing current and emerging public oral health issues. The resource center performs a variety of services, including providing tailored responses to information requests, and developing and disseminating publications such as fact sheets and resource guides in print and electronic formats.

 

 
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