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  WDA Dental Home  

Oct. 21, 2010 | E-communication #2

Dental home information now available to 10,600 dentists in four states  

The Indiana and Minnesota dental associations have joined Georgia in licensing the WDA Dental Home continuing education materials for distribution to member dentists.

States using WDA Dental Home materials to help general dentists welcome 1-year-olds into their practices.

More than 10,600 dentists in four states now have the clinical information and practice tools necessary to help their general practices provide efficient, welcoming dental homes for very young children and families.

The WDA Dental Home CE kit includes a 35-minute instructional DVD divided into nine chapters for ease-of-viewing at staff meetings.

The DVD details causes and effects of early childhood caries, how to perform a quick oral exam on 1-year-olds using the knee-to-knee method, preventive counseling measures for parents, treatment options and incorporating the dental home concept into the business of a general dental practice.

Collateral materials include samples of two new patient record forms (caries risk assessment and preventive recommendations) from the American Dental Association-endorsed The Dental Record.

The WDA Board of Trustees established a low-cost, per-active-member fee of just $1.50 to encourage state dental associations to share the dental home message with their dentists.

Licensees’ names and logos can be incorporated into the DVD and print materials or electronic DVD files for online posting made available for additional fees.

Please note the Academy of General Dentistry has expressed interest in licensing the WDA Dental Home materials for distribution to its 35,000 members. The WDA is expected to decide on this proposal early in 2011.

If your state dental association has been considering licensing the WDA Dental Home CE kit – now is the time to act!

Mark Paget  
Mark Paget
Executive Director

Please contact me at 414-755-4100 or mpaget@wda.org to discuss your state’s participation in this dental home initiative or to obtain another sample kit. (A complimentary copy of the WDA Dental Home kit was mailed to every state dental association executive director in March 2009.)

We look forward to working with you to bring this important infant oral health message to your dentist members.

  Visit the Dental Home section of WDA.org for complete information.


Value-added communication tools  

A variety of free, value-added communication tools are available to state dental associations licensing WDA Dental Home materials to help promote the initiative internally to members.

The materials can easily be adapted to each state’s specific needs and include:

  • Multiple stories for member journals and newsletters
  • PowerPoint presentations from two, one-hour dental home continuing education courses presented by member dentists at the WDA Jewel of the Great Lakes Wisconsin Dental Meeting in 2008 and 2010
  • Testimonials from WDA member general and pediatric dentists


What licensing states are saying about the WDA Dental Home  

“The GDA determined the WDA’s DVD and materials would assist in our efforts to increase general dentists' knowledge and comfort in seeing young patients in their offices. The GDA Public Relations Committee developed a strategy for disseminating the materials, which were featured in the monthly publication, GDA Action. In addition to the DVD, an adjoining article and CE evaluation also were a part of the feature. Georgia Dental AssociationSeveral hundred GDA member dentists viewed the DVD and took the CE evaluation.

“The GDA was pleased to utilize the WDA materials on the importance of a dental home. This initiative complemented our 60-second radio message that promoted establishing a dental home and aired throughout the state. We received many positive comments from member dentists on this program.” GDA Executive Director Martha Phillips


Indiana Dental Association“IDA’s ‘Born to Smile’ program, our educational effort to encourage parents to practice at home preventive care and to establish a dental home for children by their first birthday, is in its third year. We feel the instructional video prepared by the WDA will play an important role in encouraging dentists to see and treat infants.” IDA Executive Director Doug Bush


Minnesota Dental Association“We know general dentists vary in how comfortable they are treating such young children. To help overcome that reluctance, the MDA’s Children’s Health Committee purchased the excellent instructional kit produced by the WDA. The kit is available on our website to MDA members only and free of charge.” MDA News, June 2010


More WDA dentists examining 1-year-olds  

A “Follow-up Survey on Treating Young Children” was conducted recently by the WDA to determine how practicing members’ opinions and behaviors regarding examination and treatment of 1 to 3-year-old children have shifted since December 2007.

The survey was distributed via e-mail and fax to 2,308 practicing members of which 480 responded for a 21 percent participation rate (±3.98 percent margin of error). Response highlights include:

  • 18 percent of WDA general dentists now routinely examine 1-year-olds, up from 9 percent in 2007
  • 90 percent are aware the ADA and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend children be examined within six months of the eruption of their first tooth and no later than age 1, up from 70 percent in 2007
  • Of those who remember receiving the WDA Dental Home CE packet, 80 percent reviewed it
  • 95 percent found the CE kit information helpful
  • 52 percent shared the CE kit with their dental teams
  • 59 percent feel comfortable examining 1 and 2-year-olds, up from 53 percent in 2007
  • 36 percent feel comfortable treating 1 and 2-year-olds, up from 31 percent in 2007


Why is infant oral health important?  

WDA member Dr. Cliff Hartmann is an adjunct professor (clinical) at Marquette University School of Dentistry where he teaches the didactic portion of infant oral health. Dr. Hartmann also has a private pediatric dental practice in West Allis, Wis.

  Cliff Hartmann

I have to admit, the first time I heard the notion of examining a 1-year-old, I thought to myself, “Are you crazy?”

A 1-year-old won’t sit in my chair, a 1-year-old only has eight anterior teeth and a 1-year-old doesn’t have treatment needs. Why would I want to see a 1-year-old?

I hadn’t seen the connection between the 3-year-old with rampant decay and the 1-year-old whose disease could still be intercepted.

So, to those who think that infant oral health is crazy, like I used to, it’s not.

Read more of what Dr. Hartmann has to say about “Infant oral health: What’s being taught at Marquette dental school”  




Dental home information now available to 10,600 dentists in four states

Value-added communication tools

What licensing states are saying about the WDA Dental Home

More WDA dentists examining 1-year-olds

Why is infant oral health important?

Kids' Dental Factoids

Trend in U.S. oral health: Tooth decay increasing in very young

Most Americans’ oral health status improved between 1988 and 2004. However, for youth ages 2–5 years, dental caries in primary teeth increased.

Data from the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III), 1988–1994 and from the NHANES 1999–2004 were used.

Infant dental exams reduce ER visits

According to a February 2005 Children’s Dental Health Project report, low-income children who have their first dental exam by age 1 are less likely to visit emergency rooms for oral health problems or require restorative care. In addition, 5-year-olds who had their first dental visit at age 1 have incurred oral health-related costs at a rate about one-half that of their peers who don’t see a dentist until age 5.

General Practice Benefits

When a dental team reviews the WDA Dental Home continuing education kit and then puts that knowledge to work turning the general practice into a dental home for patients, exciting things happen:

The youngest patients get help avoiding serious dental problems

Long-term patient loyalty is built

The practice is positioned as progressive

Referrals are generated

Proud Partners

Financial support of WDA Dental Home materials provided by:


American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble Oral Health

About the WDA

Established in 1870, the WDA is headquartered in West Allis, Wis.

With more than 2,900 members statewide, the WDA represents the vast majority of practicing dentists in Wisconsin.

Members are committed to promoting professional excellence and quality oral health care for the public.


Mark Paget
Executive Director

Carol Weber, APR
Director of Public Relations

Steve Stoll, DDS
WDA Dental Home
Subcommittee Chair


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