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Children's Health and Maintenance Program (C.H.A.M.P.) Health Care Professionals

This page contains links to scientific and evidence based practices information about oral health promotion among children and their families

Fluoride and Caries Prevention:

  1. Topical Fluoride for Caries Prevention: Only 2.26% fluoride varnish is recommended for children younger than 6 years. A panel of experts presented evidence based clinical recommendations on professionally-applied, prescription-strength, and home-use topical fluoride agents for caries prevention. Read more
    American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs 
  2. Water Fluoridation: Fluoridation of community water supplies is the single most effective public health measure to prevent dental decay. Fluoridation Facts By American Dental Association contains answers to frequently asked questions regarding community water fluoridation.  Fluoridation Facts contains answers to frequently asked questions regarding community water fluoridation. Read more
  3. Prescription of Fluoride Supplements: Clinicians should judiciously prescribe fluoride supplements after consideration of the child’s total fluoride intake. The 2011 ADA with evidence-based clinical recommendations on the prescription of dietary fluoride supplements for caries prevention. Read more
    American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs
  4. Use of Fluoride Containing Toothpaste among Children: Parents should brush their children’s teeth with fluoridated toothpaste as soon as the first tooth comes in. The new 2014 ADA guideline expands on the use of fluoridated toothpaste for young children. Read more
    American Dental Association (ADA)
  5. Reconstituted Infant Formula and Enamel Fluorosis: Does fluoride from reconstituted infant formula adds to the chance of developing fluorosis? Read more
    American Dental Association (ADA)
  6. Fluoride Research and Fluoridation Studies: Reputable health and research organizations, such a the National Cancer Institute and the CDC, share their findings on community water fluoridation. Read more

Non-Fluoride Caries Prevention

Non-Fluoride Caries Prevention: Non-fluoride agents may serve as adjunctive therapeutics for preventing, arresting or even reversing dental caries. These agents include but are not limited to sucrose-free polyol chewing gums, xylitol dentifrices, chlorhexidine alone or in combination with thymol, calcium-containing agents, phosphate-containing agents, casein derivatives, sialogogues, iodine and triclosan. The 2011 ADA systematic review and recommendations of evidence based dentistry. Read More
American Dental Association (Ada) Center for Evidence Based Dentistry

Prenatal Oral Health Care:

  1. Safety of Dental Care during Pregnancy: There is no evidence relating early spontaneous abortion to first trimester oral health care or dental procedures. Read more
    Evidence Based Guidelines by the California Dental Association Foundation
  2. Oral Health Care is an Integral Component of Pregnant Woman’s Prenatal Care: Oral health education and access to prevention and treatment services are essential for the overall health of the pregnant woman and her baby. Read more
    A Brief by the Center for Oral Health
  3. Oral Health Care during Pregnancy: Health professionals need to ensure that pregnant women receive proper and needed oral health care. Read more
    Practice Guidelines by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, Georgetown University

Oral Health Education Materials:

  1. Help families choose good oral health habits.
    Free educational materials developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Read More
  2. Pediatric Oral Health Education Materials: Provide families with important information about children’s oral health. Read More
    American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Inter-Professional Oral Health Education:

  1. National Inter-Professional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH) is a consortium of funders and health professionals whose vision is that dental disease can be eradicated. The NIIOH is a system change initiative focused on the education and training systems that support primary care clinicians from disciplines including: Family Medicine, Pediatric, Nursing, Physician Assistant, OB/GYN, and Internal Medicine. Read more
  2. Oral Health Training for Pediatricians: An online training to connect dentists and pediatricians and help them work as a team. Read More
    American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  3. Cultural Competency for Oral Health Professionals: There are growing concerns about health inequities and the need for cultural competent health care systems that reach diverse populations. Think Cultural Health is a learning and resource program that provides oral health professionals with basic knowledge and skills related to cultural and linguistic competency. Read More
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health

Early Childhood Caries Resource Center

Early Childhood Caries Resource Center: A centralized clearing house with cutting-edge information about early childhood caries with the goal of promoting collaborative strategies that help eradicate this most common disease of childhood
Elsevier, Inc. Read More

Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating: ChooseMyPlate provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators and the food industry about how to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information. Read More
U.S. Department of Agriculture


Teething: A normal part of childhood that can be treated without prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a warning for parents on prescription and over-the counter (OTC) teething medications. Read More
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Radiation Safety

Radiation Safety: Parents are sometimes concerned about the amount of x-rays their children are exposed to in the dental office. X-rays are an essential tool for oral health diagnosis and developing treatment plans. The amount of radiation from routine dental x-rays is minimal. Learn more
The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Image Imaging

Epidemiology and Public Health Data Source:

  1. Oral Health Baseline Needs Assessment of Disadvantaged Children: The 2010 First 5 LA Report in LA County 2010: 44% of disadvantaged children in Los Angeles County have frank dental cavities and another 29% have only early evidence of dental caries (white spot lesions). Read more
    First 5 LA
  2. LA County Public Health Resources and Information on Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health “MCAH”
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