CE Credit

First Dental Home

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

Credit hours: 1.00 CE

Goal

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 dentist.

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 young Texans face in accessing oral health care and the importance of the First Dental Home model.
  2. Specify the required components of a First Dental Home checkup.
  3. Determine the recommended dental checkup frequency for a child with moderate to high risk for the development of early childhood caries.

NOTE: In this module, the term “parents” also refers to guardians and other caregivers.

Please note this module expires on 7/27/2021.

This module was released on 7/27/2018.

Accreditation Statement

Disclosures

Browser Requirements

2-1-1 Texas

American Academy of Pediatrics, Medical Home Initiatives for Children with Special Needs Project Advisory Committee. (2002). The medical home.

American Academy of Pediatrics, Campaign for Dental Health. I Like My Teeth (ilikemyteeth.org), a bilingual website for health-care providers that focuses on fluoridation and other key issues.

American Dental Association. Caries risk assessments are documented and billed under the codes listed in the current Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT) Dental Procedure code book published by the ADA.

Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Oral Health. (2012). National oral health surveillance system: State oral health profile, Texas.

Texas Department of State Health Services. First Dental Home web page.

Texas Department of State Health Services. Visit the DSHS First Dental Home Materials web page to download a PDF of the Caries Risk


Texas Department of State Health Services. Oral Health Questionnaire and the Dental Risk Assessment Questionnaire.

Texas Department of State Health Services. Texas Primary Care Office (TPCO).

Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Health Steps Provider Information. (2017). Texas Health Steps Periodicity Schedule. 

Texas Department of State Health Services. (2015). Oral Health in Texas 2008 Report.

To find a dental provider: Providers can call Texas Health Steps toll-free at 877-847-8377 (877-THSTEPS) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time, or log on to the TMHP online provider lookup (OPL). Providers can also contact the Medicaid dental managed care organizations (DMOs) to locate Texas Health Steps First Dental Home providers in a specific geographic area. Likewise, First Dental Home providers can look up Oral Evaluation and Fluoride Varnish (OEFV) providers in their area on the TMHP web page. 

Texas Health Steps Resource Catalog. Download all of the DSHS resource materials — Keep Your Child Smiling pamphlet, The Benefits of Fluoride Varnish poster, Stages of Tooth Decay poster, and Sealants and Fluoride Varnishes poster — free of charge.

Texas Oral Health Coalition. (2018). Texas Oral Health Report Card.

Texas State Legislature. Texas Occupations Code § 258.001.

Texas State Legislature. Texas Occupations Code § 258.002.

Think Teeth. Provides free customizable outreach materials in both English and Spanish that can help health professionals improve access to dental services for eligible children through enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP.  

National Health Service Corps. A health-care provider education loan repayment program offered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2015). Healthy People 2020, Oral Health.

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Frequently Asked Questions (for parents and caregivers).

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Mychildrensteeth.org, a website for families.

American Academy of Pediatrics. HealthyChildren.org, a website for families with information about everything related to a child’s oral health. The website is available in Spanish. 

American Academy of Pediatrics, Campaign for Dental Health. I Like My Teeth, a bilingual website.

American Academy of Pediatrics. Brush, Book, Bed, a website with resources to help families structure their child’s nighttime routine, including tooth brushing. The website is available in Spanish.

American Dental Association. How to Care for Your Child’s Teeth.

American Dental Association. Find Dental Care for Your Kids, which helps families search for dental clinics using their home address.

CavityFreeKids.org. Sponsored by the Washington Dental Service Foundation, this website offers a wealth of resources about oral health care for young children and their families.

Texas Department of State Health Services. Early Childhood Caries. 

Texas Department of State Health Services. Brush-Up on Healthy Teeth.

Texas Department of State Health Services. Healthy Mouths: What You Need to Know About Your Teeth.