Oral Health in Primary Care

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Predictive Model for Caries Risk Based on Determinants of Health Available to Primary Care Providers, May 2018

3_year_study_2018The third and final year of research exploring oral health promotion in primary care produced innovative and promising results in regard to streamlining caries risk assessment in the primary care setting. Based upon information noted in the early well-child visits, a predictive model was developed at Nationwide Children’s Hospital that characterizes the likelihood a child would have oral disease or risks of future disease at the time of their first dental visit.

With such a predictive tool, health care providers could easily administer caries-risk assessment as a part of the well-child visit without taking time from other equally important health concerns.

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Appendix A: Candidate Risk Factors Considered in Developing the Predictive Models

 


 

Caries Risk Factors for Primary Care Providers Based on Shared Determinants of Health, May 2016

DentaQuest-2016-CoverThe second phase of the study produced thought-provoking results for both pediatric dentists and pediatric medical professionals.

With an aim of creating a history-based caries-risk screening tool that more easily assimilates into the work flow of a well-child visit, we sought to identify health screening measures already intrinsic to the well-child encounter that might also be associated with caries risk.

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Interprofessional Study of Oral Health in Primary Care, May 2014

Year_1Through the use of surveys, focus groups, and practice observations, the AAPD collected information and insight from medical providers who successfully integrated oral health promotion into their practices.

Information regarding oral health promotion obtained was in reference to: workflow, caries-risk assessment tools, documentation of oral health activities, payment for oral health services, challenges to implementing oral health promotion in the primary care setting, referral system and relationships with dentists, and family/caregiver response. Suggestions for system improvement and simplification were also solicited.

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