In the fall of 2008, the AAPD board of trustees voted to collaborate with the Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) to develop an educational DVD that would help promote the dental home concept. The WDA Dental Home continuing education kit is designed to provide general dentists with the necessary tools to perform an age-one visit and welcome very young children and their families into their practices. The 33-minute instructional DVD is divided into nine concise chapters, making it easy for dental teams to watch in staff meetings. The chapters include: causes/effects of early childhood caries, how to perform an age-one oral health examination using the knee-to-knee method, preventive tips for parents, treatment options and incorporating the dental home concept into the business of a general dental practice.
Thanks to the financial grants from the Academy and Proctor & Gamble Oral Health, the DVD is a professional piece. Other state associations can purchase the rights to the materials as-is for less than $2 per member. If state associations wish to customize the DVD master, this can also be done for an additional cost. To discuss your state’s participation in this dental home initiative, contact WDA Executive Director Mark S. Paget at (414) 755-4100.
By working together toward this goal, the AAPD hopes that all children will have a dental home by their first birthday.
Please encourage your state dental association to purchase this DVD for their general dentist members! For exact details, see this letter that was sent to all state dental association executive directors from the WDA and AAPD.