The Baby Oral Health Program was developed to educate oral health care providers to increase their comfort and competence in providing oral health services for infants and very young children in oral care practice settings.   Important information about oral health for babies is also provided for parents/care providers by simply accessing the website or providers could direct them there (www.babyoralhealthprogram.org).

 The materials are visually pleasing, straight-forward and easy to follow and contain a great deal of valuable information.  The program was developed by an interprofessional team from the University of North Carolina (Table 1), with major input from the pediatric dental faculty, and produced by Rocio B. Quinonez, DMD, MS, MPH Associate Professor and Pre-doctoral Program Director, Departments of Pediatric Dentistry and Pediatrics, School of Dentistry and Medicine.

Oral healthcare providers can access the website and obtain materials that are ‘tablet friendly’   It is very comprehensive and contains tools in 3 categories:

  1. Training –provides  materials on implementing early childhood oral health into clinical practice and educational videos for  dental providers and staff.
  2. Clinical Practice—provides a powerpoint presentation for caregivers as well as forms for a)  interviewing the care provider about diet and oral hygiene practices b) child clinical assessment.  A customized ‘report card’ is also available for parents/careproviders following the dental visit.
  3. Resources-this category provides valuable information for providers or care providers regarding Clinical, Behavioral and Socioemotional milestones for ages 1-6 mos, 6-12 mos, 12-24 mos. and 24-26 mos. (This  behavioral and socioemotional milestones information is unique and not often seen in programs like this).  It is available for all by accessing the website (www.babyoralhealthprogram.org)

The Baby Oral Health Program has been available since 2005, with web-based program accessible since 2013.To date the website has been accessed by over 8,500 providers in over 2,300 cities and 107 countries, mainly the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.  See table 2 for breakdown by country.  Don’t miss the opportunity to access this comprehensive tool for your practice setting.