Medical Providers Can Keep Smiles Healthy Too!
Pediatricians are the first line of defense against illness and disease in children. When medical providers become Smiles for Life certified to apply fluoride varnish, they can keep their patients’ smiles healthy too! Fluoride varnish is a gel substance that is applied directly to the teeth. It takes less than two minutes to apply and dries almost instantly. From a very early age, fluoride varnish provides the most effective protection against tooth decay for children.
Applying fluoride varnish during routine well visits is becoming a standard of care in pediatrics nationwide. Recently, our team’s Provider Education Network hosted a webinar that provided valuable information on fluoride varnish application. This webinar was led by a panel of medical and dental providers of the Louisiana Oral Health Coalition. Panelists provided guidance on becoming Smiles for Life certified and Medicaid reimbursement. To further promote fluoride varnish application, our team partnered with Medicaid. Promotional materials were distributed to medical professionals via Medicaid e-blasts and direct outreach.
In addition, Well-Ahead partnered with WIC (Women, Infants and Children) to promote fluoride varnish application to mothers. Our team created and distributed a direct mailer to mothers enrolled in WIC services in Winn Parish. This mailer highlighted the ease, importance and safety of fluoride varnish application. Our team team also created a short video that reinforces the mailer's message. This video currently being shown in WIC waiting rooms across the state.
A healthy child is a happy child. When medical providers incorporate preventive dental services at routine well visits, their smiles can be healthy, too!
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A lifetime Smiles for Life certification is available online and takes only about an hour to complete. The certification is free and continuing education units are given at the end. Become Smiles for Life certified today by following the simple steps below!
- Visit the Smiles for Life website www.smilesforlifeoralhealth.org and review the training module: Course No. 6: Caries Risk assessment, Fluoride Varnish& Counseling.
- Complete and pass the exam. Receive continuing education credits.
- Maintain a copy of the successfully completed post assessment certificate employee records.