Over half of children in Michigan will enter kindergarten with tooth decay.
To support primary care physicians, including clinical staff, in preventing the number one chronic disease among children – dental caries – the Michigan Caries Prevention Program is offering support tools and training to align with the American Academy of Pediatrics Bright Futures Guidelines. Primary care providers (including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants) and clinical staff, will be trained how to implement preventive oral health services during well-child visits. These services include oral health screenings, oral health risk assessments, and fluoride varnish applications.
Currently, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend primary care physicians apply fluoride varnish once primary tooth eruption occurs for all children. Another important step in preventing dental disease for patients is to ensure the establishment of a dental home by age 1.
Primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants may be eligible for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits and Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits
Our Physician Advisory Committee