Bright Smiles for Babies Program Overview and Training

Overview

The purpose of the Bright Smiles for Babies (BSB), Fluoride Varnish Program is to reduce the prevalence of early childhood caries (ECC) in infants and toddlers, aged 6 months – 3 years of age.  Children who are at high risk for ECC often experience barriers to accessing timely dental services. The BSB program eases barriers to care by providing preventive services primarily in non-dental settings where parents of young children are seeking other services like doctors’ offices and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clinics.

Program Services:

  • Provide trainings to health professionals to raise their awareness of the need for early intervention, such as the recommended age one dental visit, and to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide clinical preventive services
  • Provide trainings to early childhood professionals (WIC, Resource Mothers, Home Visitors, CHIP of Virginia, Head Start) to support oral health education efforts with staff, parents and children
  • Provide trainings to VDH maternal providers (family planning and maternal nurses) to promote the importance of oral health during pregnancy and inter-conceptual stages

Oral health risk assessments and screenings, fluoride varnish applications, anticipatory guidance and dental referrals are provided by medical and dental providers in traditional office settings, and   Public health dental hygienists and nurses in WIC and well-child clinics.

Medicaid (Standard Fee-for-Service and Managed Care) reimburses medical providers for six applications between 6 months and the 3rd birthday, approximately every six months. This frequency coincides with well-child visits.  The reimbursement is $20.79/application.


Training

Topic: Bright Smiles for Babies, Fluoride Varnish Program
Target Audience: Dental and Medical Providers
How is the training provided? Online – TRAIN course #1094208 (VDH: Bright Smiles for Babies Health Provider Training)
Go to link to complete a simple registration in TRAIN, then search for the course number.   
Contact Information: JoAnn Wells, Maternal Infant & Adolescent Oral Health Consultant or Kami Piscitelli  kami.piscitelli@vdh.virginia.gov

Training Manual 

Bright Smiles for Babies – Manual

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