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Bright Futures: Oral Health

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Bright Futures: Oral Health—Pocket Guide, 3rd Edition is designed to be 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.

Bright Futures: Oral Health—Pocket Guide, 3rd Edition is available online or as a PDF through the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center.

Although this publication is copyrighted, we encourage you to download one copy of this publication for your personal use.

Bright Futures: Oral Health can be used to

Inform families and health professionals about the essentials of oral health, including oral development, dental caries, periodontal disease, malocclusion, tobacco use, and injury

Identify the services that infants, children, and adolescents need for improved oral health

Develop and implement oral health programs

Train health professionals and students

Bright Futures: Oral Health is based on several innovations. The guide

Introduces the concepts of individualized, cost-effective risk assessment and measurable educational, behavioral, and physical health outcomes as integral to oral health supervision

Emphasizes the contribution and partnership of dental professionals, other health professionals, and families in oral health supervision in an attempt to foster coordination, cooperation, and cost-effectiveness in oral health care delivery

Stresses the importance of early oral health intervention for children, beginning with prenatal counseling and the scheduling of a dental visit by the child's first birthday

To learn more about Bright Futures: Oral Health contact us.

The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center responds to the needs of professionals working in states and communities, with the goal of improving oral health services for pregnant women, infants, children, and adolescents, including those with special health care needs, and their families (the maternal and child health (MCH) population). OHRC serves the MCH population by supporting health professionals, program administrators, educators, and others working in or with MCH programs. OHRC was founded 1996.


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