More and more primary care physicians in Washington are incorporating oral health into well-child checks and referring at-risk children to ABCD dentists. This is critical since infants and toddlers usually see a physician more than eight times for well-child care before their first dental visit. Medicaid reimburses trained and certified primary care medical providers for delivering oral screenings and providing family oral health education and fluoride varnishes during well-child checks.
I see babies every day for well-child checks and talk with parents about ways to keep their babies healthy. Moms are sometimes surprised to hear me talk about the importance of preventing tooth decay at such an early age. Yet good oral health is critical for a child’s overall health.
Dr. Russell Maier, Yakima, WA
The Washington State Medical Association, Washington Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics-WA State Chapter have passed resolutions that encourage physicians to identify and promote treatment of oral health problems and support education and advocacy efforts aimed at prevention.