Referring Adolescent Patients to Dental Services

Presenters

  • Azzia Thompson, MPH, Program Coordinator, Adolescent Health Initiative, Adolescent Health Initiative, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Lauren Ranalli, MPH, Director, Adolescent Health Initiative, Adolescent Health Initiative, Ann Arbor, MI

Routine professional dental care and oral hygiene during adolescence can reduce the occurrence of oral health diseases and prevent irreversible damage. Good oral health also contributes to improved school attendance among adolescents. As oral health needs increase during adolescence, however, utilization of services has been found to decrease. Less than half (48%) of adolescents aged 13-20 received dental care in 2004 compared to 59% of children aged 6-12. As such, it is important for primary care providers to be equipped with resources and strategies for effectively referring adolescent patients for dental services. To address this need, AHI will lead participants through an engaging, replicable training on Referring Adolescent Patients for Dental Services. Participants will receive training resources, health center materials, and strategies for helping young people assess the youth-friendliness of dental practices in their community.

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