(From the September 2016 Issue of MedStat)
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The Young Women’s Contraceptive Services Program, BC4Teens, has launched a new “For Providers” section at NationwideChildrens.org/bc4teens-for-providers. The provider resources include extensive information about low maintenance long acting reversible contraceptives like the IUDs and contraceptive implant, services offered at the BC4Teens clinic and referrals. On the page you can also request hard copies of a wide variety or provider and patient education materials about all the birth control methods offered.
Dental caries (cavities) is the most widespread chronic, infectious disease of children, affecting about 50 percent of Ohio children by 3rd grade. A baby’s first tooth emerges around 6 months of age but most families are unaware of prevention measures. Although AAP and AAPD guidelines recommend a dental visit by age 1, this rarely happens. By the time the first dental visit does occur, this preventable disease is often established. Despite our efforts to restore decayed teeth, the high risk child typically continues to experience new cavities.
To address this problem with a Chronic Disease Management approach, “Healthy Teeth” goals have been developed to help families do their part at home. These goals are an excellent way for any clinician to promote oral health since oral health is essential to overall health. “Healthy Teeth” goal sheets are available for 0-5 years of age and adolescents/teens. They can be printed from ANCHOR, or, download (PDF) a copy. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Tanya Mathew at Tanya.Mathew@NationwideChildrens.org.