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Oral Health Toolkit

Provider with patientChildhood cavities are preventable and treatable with early preventive measures and early detection and treatment. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit a dentist at the time of the eruption of the first tooth, no later than 12 months of age, and then every 6 months thereafter. Regular dental checkups, including the application of fluoride varnish and dental sealants by a dentist are covered by Medicaid.

Oral health assessments are a required part of every primary care well-child visit for young children so that primary care providers can assist in identifying children who need dental care.  In addition to oral health assessments, the application of fluoride varnish on children under the age of 3 is a Medicaid covered dental service in a primary care setting. Check out the 2017 Medicaid Provider Transmittal to learn more about how you can bill for and received Medicaid payment for oral health services in a primary care setting.

Fluoride Varnish Training for Primary Care Providers

The application of fluoride varnish for children under 3 by a trained DC HealthCheck primary care provider is a reimbursable dental/oral health procedure. In order to receive Medicaid reimbursement, primary care providers must complete the fluoride varnish training offered through DC HealthCheck. You can take the fluoride varnish training today (note: you must be current with your HealthCheck training before you can access and take the fluoride varnish training)!

Oral Health Practice Tools

Are you ready to incorporate oral health assessments, oral hygiene counseling and fluoride varnish application as part of your well-child exams? The American Academy of Pediatrics has great tools and resources available to help you get started.  The DC Pediatric Oral Health Coalition provides free on-site technical assistance to primary care providers and their staff on how to integrate oral health into the patient flow. To request technical assistance, email

Connecting Families to a Medicaid Dentist

The DC Medicaid Dental Benefits brochure highlights all the information families need to know about their dental benefits, including how to access dental services and how to find their dental home. We encourage all DC HealthCheck Providers to distribute this informational brochure to their Medicaid patients during a well-child exam. Additionally, primary care providers can help connect families to their primary dentist by calling the Dental Helpline at 1-866-758-6807.

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Oral Health Resources

The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center provides free resources to health care providers on latest best practices in delivering oral health services to children. Browse for the latest evidence-based practices by topic area (e.g. pregnancy, special needs children), and download culturally appropriate oral health educational materials to share with the families you serve.


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