Delivering Oral Health Services in Your Office
Dental disease is the most prevalent chronic disease of childhood. The prevalence of children’s dental disease is increasing, both nationally and in Washington State. However, research shows that dental disease can be prevented through early intervention.
Primary care providers are well positioned to help. On average, they see a child 8-9 times by the age of 3.
During well-child visits, providers have the opportunity to:
- Assess risk and screen children for dental disease.
- Apply fluoride varnish for prevention.
- Educate parent/caregiver.
- Refer children at high risk or with dental disease.
Several oral health services are eligible for reimbursement from Medicaid and Washington Dental Service/Delta Dental of Washington for enrolled children.
This course will help you get started providing oral health services to your young patients. By completing this course and passing an online assessment, you will receive 1 Category II CME credit and will be certified to provide oral health screening, oral health education and fluoride varnish services and bill the Washington State Medicaid program for these services.
Who Is This Course For?
This online course is intended for primary care providers in practices that have already received the Washington Dental Service Foundation’s in-office training Preventing Dental Disease in Primary Care Medical Settings. If your practice has received the in-office training, but you did not attend the training, this course is appropriate for you. If your practice has not completed this training, please contact us to arrange an in-office training.
How Long Will This Course Take?
The course will take approximately 60 minutes to complete. It is designed to be completed from start to finish, but you can stop at any time and return later, picking up where you left off. Once you have completed the course, you can also come back to review specific material.
What Is Available to Me After I Have Completed the Course?
Once you have completed the course, you can come back at any time to review specific information. This website also includes a resource section with tools to help implement oral health services in your primary care medical practice. These resources are available any time.