August 2016 message from Tammi Graham
Nearly 50 percent of children have tooth decay before age 5, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Prevention comes with seeing a dentist as soon as the first tooth appears or by their first birthday and continued regular checkups. Unfortunately, 33 percent of local children have never seen a dentist, according to the 2014 Community Health Interview Survey.
Riverside and San Bernardino county champions for children hope to increase services, prevention and care for our neediest children through a new Dental Transformation Initiative Local Dental Pilot Project centered on the virtual dental home. This proposed community-based program model aligns with national preventive pediatric health care recommendations to ensure a dental home and perform oral health assessments as needed starting at 6 months.
WHAT IS A Virtual Dental Home?
First 5 Riverside, in collaboration with First 5 San Bernardino, is submitting a grant proposal due Sept. 30 to implement a regional approach. If approved, services for at-risk targeted populations could start February 2017. A maximum of 15 pilot projects will be awarded.
Click HERE to learn more about bringing dental health to California children and expanding the reach of teledentistry.
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