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Dental basic screening survey project summary

Dental Basic Screening SurveyProject Summary

Healthy Start Coalitions


Florida Department of Health

Bureau Family Health Services

Division of Community Promotion

Child & Adolescent Unit

Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems

Primary purpose
Primary Purpose

  • Increase oral health awareness

  • Provide overview of the Dental Basic Screening Survey (BSS)

Healthy start coalitions
Healthy Start Coalitions

  • Non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the health of pregnant women and babies in a community

  • 33 Healthy Start Coalitions

Healthy start services
Healthy Start Services

  • Care Coordination and Outreach

  • Breastfeeding and Childbirth education

  • Parenting education and support

  • Smoking Cessation Assistance

  • Nutritional services and counseling

  • Psychosocial counseling

  • Home Visits

  • Many other services to address individual identified risks

Target audience
Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses

  • Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners

  • Any healthcare professional associated with the Healthy Start Coalition

Dental bss project
Dental BSS Project

  • Phase 1: Develop Plan

  • Phase 2: Provide Trainings

  • Phase 3: Project Report

Project planning
Project Planning

  • Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions

  • Recruited RDH Trainers

  • Identified 3 regional locations for the trainings

  • Survey monkey

  • Training Flyer


  • Oral Health Awareness

    • Early Prevention of Oral Diseases

    • Healthy Smiles for 2!

  • Overview of Dental BSS Training

    • Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD)

Early prevention of oral disease
Early Prevention of Oral Disease

  • Objectives

    • Importance of oral and overall health

    • Importance of early intervention and prevention regarding oral diseases as it relates to the health of both mother and child.

Gator kids healthy smiles
Gator Kids-Healthy Smiles

  • A University of Florida Program to improve oral health for Florida’s Children

    For program information contact

    Frank Catalanotto, DMD


Healthy smiles for 2
Healthy Smiles for 2!

  • Objectives

    • Discuss dental diseases

    • Examine how oral health effects the body

    • Review ways to maintain good oral health

    • Discuss oral health and pregnancy

    • Review ways to keep baby’s mouth healthy

Overview of dental bss
Overview of Dental BSS

  • Created by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (1970’s)

  • Non-invasive oral health screening

  • Notes the presence of caries, fillings, and sealants or ECC; estimates treatment urgency

  • Done by medical or dental professionals


  • Take a snapshot of the state’s oral health needs

  • Plan OH programs for the state

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs

Dental bss trainers
Dental BSS Trainers

  • Participate in a calibration training conference call

  • Provide training

  • Submit sign sheet and training evaluations

  • Provide feedback on the training


  • Great Opportunity

    • Increase oral health awareness

    • Introduce the Dental BSS

    • Established new partners

  • RDH Trainers

    • Well qualified

    • Receive excellent evaluations on training and presentation skills


  • Time frame of project (8 weeks)

  • Poor timing for Healthy Start Coalitions

    • Budget Time

    • Grant Time

Future opportunities
Future Opportunities

  • Increase number of healthcare professionals trained

    • Individual Healthy Start Coalitions

    • Dental BSS Training at a FAHSC state meeting (January 2013)

  • Develop a Oral Health Toolkit to train staff and healthcare professionals on best practices for moms and babies

Future opportunities1
Future Opportunities

  • Resources for the Healthy Start Coalitions Community Liaisons to encourage pediatrician training on fluoride varnish application and anticipatory guidance.

  • Encourage medical/dental collaborations focused on preventive and treatment services.


  • Building a statewide system of trained healthcare professionals.

  • Implementing surveillance requires partnering with many groups in the state and can assist in establishing a broad based group participating with future oral health surveillance initiatives.