The Oregon Oral Health Unit in collaboration with the Oregon Oral Health Coalition's (OROHC) Early Childhood Cavities Prevention Committee (ECCP) launched a three-year workforce development project in 2009 called “First Tooth” with a goal to reduce early childhood caries in Oregon.
First Tooth provides no-cost continuing education training for medical and dental providers to implement preventive oral health services for infants and toddlers ages three and under. To learn more about First Tooth, download a copy of the project summary (pdf).
The First Tooth project was funded with a three year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grant ended on August 31, 2012, but the project has transitioned over to the Oregon Oral Health Coalition (OrOHC). The State Oral Health Program has been working with OrOHC on the transition plan. As part of the plan, the focus for First Tooth training will be web-based versus in-office.