CE Credit

First Dental Home

Welcome to the training on First Dental Home provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).

Credit hours: 1.00 CE

Required Steps To Be Certified As A First Dental Home Provider

Completing this course is a required prerequisite to applying for certification as a First Dental Home provider.

If you are a dentist and wish to be certified to bill Medicaid for First Dental Home services, you must complete the following requirements.

  1. Complete this First Dental Home training and obtain a CE training certificate.
  2. Submit a First Dental Home Certification Application (fillable PDF) to be certified as a First Dental Home provider.
  3. Include your Individual National Provider Identifier (NPI) number on the form.

The completed application form and CE training certificate should be emailed to THStepsOEFV.FDH@hhsc.state.tx.us. Alternatively, the completed form and CE training certificate can be faxed to 512-483-3979.

Completion of this training is recommended for all members of a provider’s dental team who will be assisting with First Dental Home services.

Dental providers must be certified only once to provide First Dental Home services. There is no requirement to retake the training or submit a new application. However, providers are eligible to receive CE credit for taking this training every 12 months. In addition, the training is updated every three years to include policy and clinical changes. Providers and staff members may wish to retake the training to maintain proficiency in providing services.


The goal of this module is to train general and pediatric dentists enrolled in Texas Health Steps on the requirements of becoming a First Dental Home provider for children ages 6 months through 35 months.

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 initial and subsequent First Dental Home checkups.
  3. Determine the recommended periodicity of First Dental Home checkups based on use of the caries risk assessment.

Please note this module expires on 8/31/2022.

This module was released on 8/27/2021.

Accreditation Statement


Browser Requirements

FDH Certification Application

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.