Primary Care Provider Training

Promoting Evidence-Based Preventive Care


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.

The training will provide:

Participants will learn how to:

  • Incorporate oral health screenings, oral health risk assessments, and fluoride varnish applications into clinical work flows
  • Successfully refer high-risk children in need of a dental home to an available dentist
  • Code and bill for preventive oral health services
  • Ensure their patients are receiving appropriate preventive oral health care

To Enroll:

Our Physician Advisory Committee

Ed Cox, MD, FAAP, Stephanie Goodson, MD, FAAP, Sharon Swindell, MD, FAAP,

Barbara Oettgen, MD, FAAP, Faiyaz Syed, MD, MPH, Erika Crane, MD, FAAP

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