Integration of Oral Health Screening, Intervention, and Referral Into the Pediatric Well-Child Visit

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Introduction: Parents of children usually understand the importance of getting primary care pediatric well-child checkups during certain stages of childhood, yet few know the importance of early routine dental visits to proactively incorporate good oral hygiene and relate the connection of oral care to overall systemic physical health. The purpose was to determine the impact of integrating oral health screening, intervention, and referral into the pediatric well-child visit. Method: Children (aged 0–18 years) received oral health screening, oral photographs, fluoride varnish, oral health education, and referral during well-child visits. Results: Forty-two percent of our population had never had a dental examination. Fifty-eight percent had no established dental home, and 73% drank sugar-sweetened beverages weekly. Discussion: The overall impact of this model was providing comprehensive oral health care to children who have never been to the dentist and providing a smooth transition between medical and dental, increasing access to care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)609-615
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Pediatric Health Care
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2023


  • Primary care pediatrics
  • dental visits
  • oral health
  • oral health promotion
  • well-child visits

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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