Oral Health Promotion during Well Visits

Sandra M. Sanguino*, Niramol Dhepyasuwan, Annamaria Church, Sharon Dabrow, Janet R. Serwint, Henry H. Bernstein

*Corresponding author for this work

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Training pediatric residents in Bright Futures and oral health concepts is critical to improving oral health. This study's objective was to determine the skill level of pediatric residents in integrating oral health promotion during health supervision visits of 12- to 35-month-old children. One hundred forty-three pediatric residents participated in an evaluation of the effectiveness of a Bright Futures oral health curriculum. Competencies assessed preintervention included partnership building, communication, and integration of oral health concepts. Pediatric residents' abilities to integrate oral health promotion into health supervision visits varied considerably. Residents demonstrated greater skill in communication and partnership building compared with oral health promotion behaviors and performance of an oral examination. Further education is needed at a national level if we are to meet Healthy People 2020 goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)894-901
Number of pages8
JournalClinical pediatrics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017


  • Bright Futures
  • medical education
  • oral health
  • resident education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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