For more information about First Tooth training opportunities, please contact Karen Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-998-1342.
Comprehensive, web-based First Tooth training modules have been developed for both medical and dental providers. It is encouraged that all staff take the training so that the entire clinic or office is involved in integrating oral health preventive services into your practice. After you complete all four training modules and the quizzes, you will receive one hour continuing education credit. While supplies last, each practice, site or office is eligible to receive one free medical toolkit or dental kit that features a provider pocket guide, an oral health flip chart, and educational DVDs.
Please click on the links below to register for the training sessions. The links will take you to the DHS/OHA Learning Center. If you do not have an account with the Learning Center, you will need to create one before taking the First Tooth online course.
The First Tooth training for medical and dental providers is designed to help implement early childhood caries preventive services for infants and toddlers into their current practice. Development of the curriculum was done with input from the Oregon Academy of Pediatrics and follows the evidence-based practice for early childhood caries prevention (ECCP) that includes a risk assessment, anticipatory guidance, an intervention as appropriate, and referral to a dental home. Research studies show that the application of fluoride varnish can reduce tooth decay between 30% - 69% in primary teeth of high-risk children.
Training topics include the prevalence and impact of oral disease, risk assessment, culturally appropriate anticipatory guidance, fluoride varnish application, implementation, workflow tips, and access to dental care. Examples of culturally appropriate handouts, exam/waiting room posters, and anticipatory guidance are provided that can be shared with parents and caregivers. Many of the resources can be found on the Patient and Provider Resources web page.