Information for Medical Professionals

Periodontitis and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes

Placental colonization with periodontal pathogens: the potential missing link.
Published online 2019 Apr 30

Below is a listing of resources that will be helpful when implementing an oral health component and topical fluoride varnish in your practice.

  1. The MO HealthNet Dental Provider Manual Section 13.32.B. outlines information for medical profession billing of Topical Fluoride Varnish.
  2. Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum is designed to enhance the role of primary care clinicians in the promotion of oral health. Physicians wishing to provide fluoride varnish in their practices must complete Course 6: Caries Risk Assessment, Fluoride Varnish and Counseling.
  3. A Health Professional’s Guide to Pediatric Oral Health Management is a series of seven modules designed to assist health professionals in managing the oral health of infants and young children.“These modules provide health professionals with information to help them prevent oral diseases, which still afflict many U.S. children, especially children from families with low incomes, children in certain minority groups, and children with special health care needs. The modules assist health professionals in performing an oral screening to identify infants and children at increased risk for oral health problems, offering referrals to oral health professionals, and providing parents with anticipatory guidance.”
  4. The American Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors’ Fluoride Varnish Brief contains research-based evidence supporting the implementation of fluoride varnish in your practice.
  5. The American Academy of Pediatrics Oral Health Initiative offers many resources for use in your practice.


Oral Care for People with Developmental Disabilities

Children with Special Health Care Needs: An Introduction to Practical Oral Care for People with Developmental Disabilities
A National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) series of publications, Practical Oral Care for People with Developmental Disabilities, equips dental professionals in the community with the basic information they need to deliver quality oral health care to people with special needs.  Also NIDCR provides information on developmental disabilities and strategies for care. NIDCR provides two continuing education credits upon successful completion of a post test, see the section ‘For Dental Professionals.’

An Oral Health Professional’s Guide to Serving Young Children with Special Health Care Needs
A series of five self-contained online modules is designed to provide oral health professionals with information to help ensure that young children with special health care needs have access to health promotion and disease prevention services that address their unique oral health needs in a comprehensive, family-centered, and community-based manner. This curriculum was developed by a multidisciplinary team of experts with funding from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration.

Planning Guide for Dental Professionals Serving Children with Special Health Care Needs (pdf)
Developed by the University of Southern California University Affiliated Program, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, this manual promotes a framework within which oral health professionals can communicate and work with families to ensure that appropriate, quality oral health care is provided both at home and in the dental office.