June 5, 2018 (TELLURIDE, CO) — Last month the primary care team at the Telluride Regional Medical Center underwent training to offer better preventive dental and oral health services to children, with a focus on infants and toddlers.
The training was provided by the Cavity Free at Three project managed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Thanks to this project, primary care providers and nurses are now able to perform an oral exam, provide a fluoride varnish application and offer dental hygiene education during routine well-child checks.
“This is a such a great opportunity for our youngest community members to get started at an early age with good oral health and cavity prevention services” said Emily McGough, a primary care nurse at the medical center.
While most children see their primary care provider regularly throughout their infancy and toddlerhood, they often don’t see a dentist until much later. The American Dental Association recommends children visit the dentist before their first birthday.
“We think this training will have a substantial impact on the families we serve. Cavities are completely preventable and we’re now better prepared to help every child stay cavity free throughout their childhood,” said McGough.