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A Primary Mission of CAPIR
One of the MDS Committee on Access, Prevention, and Interprofessional Relation's (CAPIR) primary projects has been an outreach to dentists and pediatricians to educate these providers on the benefits of age-one dental visits. CAPIR has drafted a mission statement that the MDS Board of Trustees approved:
The American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that children first see a dentist at age one, or within six months of the first baby tooth coming in—whichever comes first. CAPIR wholeheartedly supports this recommendation and is committed to getting dentists and parents alike to be aware of the benefit of this type of visit.
First dental visits are typically about educating the parents rather than intensively treating the child. Comfort is established at this appointment for both child and parents. This first visit establishes the groundwork for a dental home and for continuing preventive care. Studies show that the younger a child is when he or she sees a dentist, the less likely that child will return to the dentist with cavities or the need for emergency care.
Massachusetts Childhood Oral Health Consortium
MDS is collaborating with many organizations as part of the Massachusetts Childhood Oral Health Consortium to promote age one care.
Members of the Consortium
- Project Director - Nancy Topping-Tailby
- MA Head Start Service coordinator - Maureen Vosburgh
- MA Department of Public Health, Office of Oral Health – Marlene Bennett
- MA Department of Public Health WIC – Alicia High
University Public Health and Community Services Program – Kathy Dolan, Nancy
Johnson and Catherine Pelullo
Mobile Oral Health Services Program – Dr. Mark Doherty and Lauren Marvel
Children’s Hospital Dental Clinic – Dr. Manwai Ng (Director)
Dental Society – Ellen Factor, Director of Dental Practice, and Joy
Kasparian-Federico – CAPIR Chair
Foundation – Mike Monopoly
University Goldman School of Dental Medicine- Dr. Michelle Henshaw and Dr. Corinna
Chapter American Academy Pediatric Dentistry – Dr. Anubha Sacheti
- MassHealth Dental Program
– Tracy Chase and Megan Mackin
- MA League of
Community Health Centers – Mary Leary and Shannon Wells
Academy of Family Physicians – Dr. Hugh Silk
- MA Chapter of
the American Academy of Pediatrics – Dr. Michelle Dalal
- MA Head Start
Association Executive Director – Pam Kuechler
- Evaluator – Dr.
Age-One Dental Care Video
The MDS, ADA, and APPD all recommend that children first see a dentist at age
one or within six months of the first baby tooth coming in—whichever comes
first. If you've never treated an infant, you may be unsure of how an
age-one dental exam should be administered. To help you treat these youngest of
patients, the MDS has produced a video offering a step-by-step demonstration of
an age-one exam. In the video, MDS member Dr. Anubha Sacheti, a pediatric
dentist, offers practical tips and shows you how to perform an age-one exam.
Age One Campaign
The importance of age-one dental exams is being highlighted in a new MDS-produced TV campaign. The MDS Standing Committee on Communications launched a new public awareness campaign in January on the importance of age-one dental exams. The MDS has produced a new 30-second TV commercial, which was broadcast over several weeks on WHDH-TV (Channel 7) and WLVI-TV (Channel 56) in Boston and on WWLP-TV (Channel 22) in Springfield.
This companion flyer is now available to support the new public awareness campaign. Have One. First Dental Checkup By One. First Birthday. Download a copy of this flyer to share with patients in your office.
Fall Journal Focuses on Age-One Patients
The Fall 2012 Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society
takes an in-depth look at the importance of treating the age-one patient, and the digital edition features an exclusive video introduction from Editor Dr. David Becker. Open the digital Journal
to watch the video or watch the video on YouTube
Promote That You Treat Age-One Patients
MDS members can now promote that they treat age-one patients. Update your MDS profile to indicate that you treat age-one children.
Every child should have a dental home. There must be a way to meet the oral health needs of very young children, especially those with moderate- to high-risk for caries. Creating relationships with local pediatricians is key, so that these pediatricians know to refer parents of one-year-old children to local dentists. Massachusetts Head Start is also working to create permanent dental homes for Head Start children.
There is a degree of confusion about the age-one recommendation. CAPIR strives to eliminate that confusion.
In 2011, CAPIR surveyed MDS member dentists and 550 responded. From this survey, we found that:
- 19 percent of respondents currently treat children at age one
- 38 percent begin treatment at age three
- 59 percent would be willing to treat at age one if they had the training to do so