Tools for School-Based Oral Health Programs

Planning Tools

https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/topics/oral-health/project-examples These stories feature model programs and successful rural projects that can serve as a source of ideas and provide lessons others have learned.

https://wvde.state.wv.us/healthyschools/documents/FinalODPPManualDHHRApproved.pdf  The West Virginia School-Based Oral Disease Prevention Project established new school-based dental prevention or sealant programs, and evaluated or redesigned existing ones. The Project ensured all school-based dental programs followed the same policies, procedures, and data collection set forth by the State Oral Health Program.

https://www.mchoralhealth.org/framework  Integrating Sustainable Oral Health Services into Primary Care in School-Based Health Centers: A Framework, published by the National Maternal Child Oral Health Resource Center. The framework provides ideas for school-based health centers (SBHCs) to consider when integrating sustainable, comprehensive oral health services into primary care.

http://hermes.cde.state.co.us/drupal/islandora/object/co%3A12106/datastream/OBJ/view  To decrease this burden of oral disease on children, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Oral Health Program focuses on the primary prevention of the disease. The primary method is through dental sealant placement with school-based and school-linked sealant programs.

https://www.mobile-portabledentalmanual.com/  The site includes access to the chapters of the mobile-portable dental manual, from the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center.

https://prezi.com/7msl-rbizcxf/copy-of-smsk-getting-started  The presentation provides multiple considerations to take into account when planning the implementation of a school-based dental program.

Risk Assessments

https://www.aap.org/en-us/Documents/oralhealth_RiskAssessmentTool.pdf   The American Academy of Pediatrics provides a risk assessment tool for use by medical providers assessing oral health status and caries risk (English).

https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Oral-Health/Documents/RiskAssessmentToolSpanish.pdf The American Academy of Pediatric offers a risk assessment tool for use by medical providers assessing oral health status and caries risk (Spanish).

https://www.astdd.org/basic-screening-survey-tool/ This tool includes all the information one needs to plan and conduct a Basic Screening Survey of preschool or school-age children. The tool consists of the manual, examiner training PowerPoint, examiner training videos, the reference guide for screeners, and all reference documents.


https://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/national-childrens-dental-health-month The National Children’s Dental Health Month Program Planning Guide offers program coordinators resources to promote the benefits of good oral health to children. This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, health care providers, and others to promote the benefits of good oral health to children and adults, caregivers, teachers, and many others. The guide includes easy-to-do activities, program planning timetable tips, a sample NCDHM proclamation, and much, much more.

https://www.adafoundation.org/en/give-kids-a-smile?source=ADAsite&medium=PPLeftNav&content=GKAS  Launched in 2003 by the American Dental Association, more than 5.5 million underserved children received free oral health services on ‘Give Kids a Smile Day’ throughout the country.  Volunteers provide free services, including 10,000 dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members.

https://www.mchoralhealth.org/state.php You can find links to state offices of Oral Health and Medicaid Provider Enrollment information on this site.

Treatment consent

Oral Health America provides guidance on the consent process at:  https://www.sbh4all.org/library/sboh/Oral_Health_America_Parental_Consent_Form_Return_Rates_and_Practices.pdf.

The School-Based Health Alliance also addresses the consent conundrum here:  http://www.sbh4all.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/DQF_WP_ConsentConundrum_F.pdf

https://thelatrust.org/programs-landing-page-2/oral-health-initiative/school-based-oral-health-program/  The LA Trust Oral Health Initiative Operations Manual contains sections on obtaining consent for services with suggestions for outreach to families through school and community events.

“For students not yet enrolled in the dental program, we send home a consent form with the student’s name written on it, as well as a sticker on their shirt that says Sign Me Up.  This is done every 4-6 weeks. Bracelets have been made that say the same thing.  This is done 4-5 times a year, and then phone calls to parents are made. A $50 gift card is given to teachers to get signed enrollment forms back to the school dental program.  We sponsor a contest in the school where students develop oral health slogans — the slogan chosen for the school is printed on silicone bracelets and students receive them for each restorative treatment.”
Georgia Famuliner, Chief Operations Officer, Smiles for a Lifetime, Welvista