Leveraging Primary Care Practices to Increase Children’s Dental Utilization
A Medical-Dental Pilot in Los Angeles County
Ensuring a strong and healthy start for children requires a focus on promoting oral health care and preventing and treating early childhood caries in order to arrest the development of long-term complications. To identify and address early childhood caries in children, a systems approach is needed. Medical and dental professionals, health plans, clinics, and the various systems in a young child and family’s life should communicate and coordinate to advance a child’s oral health. This brief provides an overview of Children Now’s medical-dental collaboration pilot project, one example of a systems approach that sought to improve children’s oral health in Los Angeles County.