Oral Health

The Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Maine AAP) works to improve children's oral health through communication and collaboration between medical and dental homes. We aim to make pediatricians and other child health professionals an essential part of the oral health care team in Maine practices. Nationally, through the AAP ‘Section on Oral Health’, and locally via our Chapter Champion for Oral Health, we provide education, training, and advocacy for pediatricians, other health professionals, and families. We partner in Maine with the Partnership for Children's Oral Health and From the First Tooth.

Past Program: Managing and Preventing Oral Health Emergencies during the Pandemic

View Recording Slides From the First Tooth - handout

This webinar featured a case study by a pediatrician, two dentists sharing resources and strategies for dealing with dental emergencies and tips for early intervention, another community based pediatrician discussing prevention in the well child visit and an overview of upcoming policy/legislation featuring a Maine Representative.

Other Important Resources:

Section on Oral Health: The Section on Oral Health website for pediatric providers includes tools to help incorporate oral health into practice and links to education, training, and advocacy. Resources such as the Oral Health Risk Assessment tool (English and Spanish), state Medicaid reimbursement table, and information for families can all be found here.

Oral Health Prevention Primer is designed to help pediatricians and others address oral health in practice, understand the roles of oral health allies, and learn how to collaborate and advocate to achieve optimal oral health for their communities. (An accompanying PowerPoint presentation is available upon request.) The OHPP expands on the information on the Section on Oral Health site with links to material on teaching other providers about oral health, collaboration in communities, innovative medical-dental integration models, and quality improvement.

Brush, Book, Bed Implementation Guide is made up of resources and tools on oral health, early literacy, and sleep for pediatricians, dentists, and other health care providers. It addresses children from 6 months to 6 years with a bedtime program for parents that links early literacy, sleep, and toothbrushing.

Campaign for Dental Health is a website (English and Spanish) with information on community water fluoridation for parents, health care providers, and the general public. The purpose of the site is to offer evidence-based information and resources in an easy-to-read, informative manner.

Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum consists of eight 60-minute modules covering core areas of oral health relevant to health professionals. It is a widely-respected educational tool for non-dental professionals.

Oral Health Progress and Equity Network: The Oral Health Progress and Equity Network (OPEN) is a community of oral health stakeholders around the country working to improve oral health equity through a variety of methods. OPEN creates original resources on a number of topics, from advocating for a Medicare dental benefit to improving oral health data collection and surveillance, all through an equity lens.

National AAP Resources: https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Oral-Health/Pages/Education-and-Training.aspx


Kids Oral Health Partnership

Engages and trains non-dental providers in Maine for better oral health outcomes in very young children. Training and tools for oral health risk assessment, culturally and linguistically appropriate materials, and help in referring to dental providers