CE Credit

First Dental Home


Welcome to the training on First Dental Home provided by Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Credit hours: 1.5 CE

Completion of this course does not certify you to bill Medicaid for First Dental Home services.

If you are a dentist and wish to receive certification to perform this service and bill Medicaid, you must provide additional certification information. The First Dental Home Certification application is available at the end of this module.


The goal of this module is to train general and pediatric dentists enrolled in Texas Health Steps to provide dental homes for children 6 through 35 months. Completing this course is a prerequisite to applying for certification as a First Dental Home provider.

Target Audience

Texas Health Steps providers and other interested health-care professionals.

Specific Learning Objectives

After completing the activities of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Summarize the challenges that Texans face in accessing oral health care.
  2. Analyze two benefits of parent or guardian involvement in the First Dental Home.
  3. Identify the key aspects of a First Dental Home checkup.
  4. Describe the main purpose of a caries risk assessment.
  5. Given a case study, determine the recommended dental checkup frequency for a child with moderate to high risk for the development of severe early childhood caries.

Please note this module expires on 10/21/2018.

Accreditation Statement


The medical definitions provided in this module were obtained from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Center for Health Statistics.