Oral Health – Providers
The Commissioner of Public Health has selected the below Smiles for Life courses as the approved training program for a legally qualified practitioner of medicine, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse to complete the Part 3 - Oral Health Assessment/Screening form as part of the health assessment record for school enrollment.
State of Connecticut Department of Education: Health Assessment Record – Part 3 - Oral Health Assessment/Screening Form
Best Practices and Guidelines
- American Academy of Pediatrics - Oral Health Guidelines
- Best Practices, Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD)
- Clinical Guidelines, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Clinical Guidelines, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Infection Control Guidelines in Dental Settings
- OSHA Guidelines for Dentistry
- Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Small Business Requirements for Waste
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) requirements for hazardous waste
- Sedation and General Anesthesia Guidelines
- X-ray Devices Registration: Per CG Statute 22a-150 all x-ray devices need to be registered with DEEP before they can be used, whether fixed or portable. Once they are registered, they will be issued a “Certificate of Use” which has to be renewed biennially. There is a fee per device. The devices do not need to be inspected for registration, but DEEP conducts random inspections. The portable devices need to be secured in a locked area when not in use to prevent unauthorized use.
- Visit the Office of Oral Health’s Resources and Links web page for oral health-related data.
- Dental Home Definition, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Dental Home Policy, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Visit the Office of Oral Health’s Fact Sheets web page for consumer and provider fact sheets page
- Visit of the Office of Oral Health’s Fluoride web page for information on fluoride and community water fluoridation.
Head Start Information
- Head Start, National Oral Health Resource Center
- Head Start - National Website
- Head Start Oral Health Curricula
- Visit the Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Practitioner Licensing & Investigations Section’s web page for information on licensing for Dentists, Dental Hygienists, and Dental Assistants and dental permits for anesthesia and conscious sedation.
Oral Health Information and Training Resources
- Bright Futures Oral Health Pocket Guide: a useful tool for health professionals, including dentists, dental hygienists, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, dietitians, and others, in addressing the oral health needs of pregnant and postpartum women, infants, children, and adolescents.
- Connecticut Dental Health Partnership – Information for Provider Partners
- Cultural Competency from MCH Navigator
- Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) Guide for States
- Early Childhood Caries: A Medical and Dental Perspective
- Facts and Tips about Oral Health – American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA)
- Front line health worker advocacy resources
- Engaging Front Line Health Workers in Oral Health Advocacy
- Engaging Front Line Health Workers in Oral Health Advocacy - PowerPoint Presentation
- What is Advocacy? English | Spanish
- Oral Health Advocacy Exercise
- Infant Oral Health Curriculum, University of Connecticut
- K-12 Oral Health Curriculum, Connecticut State Dental Association
- MCH (Maternal Child Health) Navigator A-Z Trainings
- MCH Curriculum and Publications Page – provider and consumer resources
- National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
- Nutrition and Oral Health for Children - Pacific West (nutritionists)
- Opening the Mouth - Columbia University (general)
- Open Wide Curriculum: a series of four modules designed to help health and early childhood professionals working in community settings (for example, Head Start, home visiting, and WIC staff) promote oral health in the course of promoting general health for infants, children, and their families.
- Oral Health America Tooth Wisdom
- Oral Health America Smiles across America
- Oral Health for Older Americans
- Pediatric Oral Health Management - A Health Professional's Guide
- Smiles for Life Curriculum: Smiles For Life produces educational resources to ensure the integration of oral health and primary care
- Ten Essential Public Health Services
- TRAIN Connecticut: A comprehensive catalog of public health training opportunities for professionals who serve the citizens of Connecticut.
Prediabetes Screening Toolkit for Dental Providers
- Folder back cover
- Folder front cover
- Prediabetes Risk Test with Oral Health Information
- Motivational Interviewing Tip Sheet for Prediabetes Screening
- Prediabetes Risk Test
- Patient Referral Fax Sheet
- Prediabetes Risk Test for Patients (English)
- Prediabetes Risk Test for Patients (Spanish)
- Wallet Card (English)
- Wallet Card (Spanish)
Safety Net Programs
- Visit the Office of Oral Health’s Dental Sealants web page for more information on dental sealants.
Smoking and Oral Health Quit Kit Information
- DPH Letter to Providers
- Question and Answer about Quit Line
- Quit Line Card (English)
- Quit Line Card (Spanish)
- Methods of Treatment
- Quit Tips Note Sheet
- Tips From Former Smoker (English)
- Tips From Former Smoker (Spanish)
Water First for Your Thirst
Learn more about the importance of drinking water and how drinking water relates to oral health by visiting the Water First for Your Thirst web page.
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