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 was designed to help providers implement preventive oral health services for infants and toddlers under the age of 3 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. First Tooth training topics include the prevalence and impact of oral disease; how to conduct an oral health risk assessment; how to provide culturally appropriate anticipatory guidance; fluoride varnish application; and implementation, workflow tips, and access to dental care. To learn more about First Tooth, download a copy of the project summary (pdf).
First Tooth offers a no-cost training for dental and medical communities. The training is also available to WIC programs, Head Start programs and other entities that have a vested interest in the oral health of young children.
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). As part of the transition plan, First Tooth developed web-based training modules for both medical and dental providers.