INNOVATIVE INTERPROFESSIONAL PROJECT

TO PROVIDE PRIMARY PREVENTIVE DENTAL SERVICES TO ECC HIGH RISK CHILDREN

Colorado Medical-Dental Integration Project - Title of Phase 2 Project

Co-Location of Dental Hygienists into Medical Practices - Title of Phase 1 Project

The Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation-funded project: “Co-Location of Dental Hygienists into Medical Practices 1.0,” investigated the feasibility of co-locating dental hygienists into medical practices and found it feasible and an innovative way to provide primary preventive dental services to children at high risk for early childhood caries (1). The model of co-locating dental hygienists into medical practices coordinates the delivery of preventive oral health care with medical care for young children while providing a familiar environment for the child and a convenient location for the caregiver and compliments having the medical provider or other designee apply fluoride varnish at the medical visit. This model offers a practical representation of a patient- and family-centered medical home and has the potential to improve the oral health of children at high risk of developing early childhood caries, especially for those who have limited access to preventive dental services. For phase 2 of the project, referred to as the Colorado Medical-Dental Integration Project, the aim is to expand the Co-Location 1.0 Project to 17 additional medical practices and evaluate the impact of medical-dental integration on the reduction of caries risk and cavities in children receiving medical care in participating practices.  The phase 2 project is in the early implementation stage.  Phase 1 of the project has been published.  That paper is provided here.

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