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  WDA Dental Home  

Sept. 15, 2009 | E-communication #1

Georgia Dental Association building dental homes  

The Georgia Dental Association has licensed WDA Dental Home continuing education materials to provide its 2,700-plus active members with clinical information and practice tools to help general practices become efficient, welcoming dental homes for very young children and their families.

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 2 to 5-year-olds are the only age group in this country where the incidence of decay – early childhood caries and its serious health consequences in particular – is on the rise. Solid data also shows youngsters seen by age 1 have significantly less dental disease throughout childhood than their peers who are first seen later in life.

These are the compelling facts behind the WDA Dental Home goals to examine all children earlier and educate their parents and caregivers.

A complimentary copy of the WDA Dental Home CE kit was mailed to every state dental association executive director in March.

It cost the WDA more than $50,000 to produce these professional-quality materials. Thanks to financial support from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Procter & Gamble Oral Health your association can license the rights to the DVD and print materials for just $1.50 per active member. The information can also be customized to reflect your state association’s name and logo for an additional fee.

Mark Paget  
Mark Paget
Executive Director

Contact me at 414-755-4100 or mpaget@wda.org to discuss your state’s participation in this dental home initiative. (Please request another sample kit if you've misplaced yours.) I’ll also be in Hawaii for the American Dental Association Annual Session and happy to answer your questions in person.

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

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


DVD sneak peek  

Click the image to watch a two-minute highlight clip of the DVD.


ADA News highlights WDA Dental Home  

  ADA News
ADA News
Aug. 17, 2009

The Aug. 17, 2009 issue of ADA News included an article highlighting the WDA initiative to develop a dental home CE kit with support from the AAPD and partial underwriting from P&G Oral Health.

ADA News author Stacie Crozier interviewed WDA Dental Home Subcommittee Chair Dr. Steve Stoll, Director of Oral Care Professional and Scientific Relations for P&G Dr. J. Leslie Winston and AAPD CEO Dr. John S. Rutkauskas for the story.

    Read the article


Dentist testimonies  


  Sue Cable

“Some children may cry during the knee-to-knee exam, but this gives dentists easy access to the oral cavity. When the little ones leave unharmed and realize the visit wasn’t so bad, subsequent visits go even smoother as the child allows us to see and do more. Visits and exams at 1-year help us gain the trust of our youngest patients and their parents and help prevent future traumatic visits.

The tools provided in the WDA Dental Home CE packet enable us to examine and assess our youngest patients and educate their parents and caregivers on tooth-brushing techniques and important aspects of nutrition. In some cases, we may be able to intercept the effects of ill-advised dietary habits and prevent major dental problems down the road.”

-Dr. Sue Cable, general dentist in Kenosha, Wis.

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  Monica Hebl

"At first, I had some staff resistance to accepting 1-year-old patients…However, after our initial great experiences with little ones, the staff and I are very excited about treating young children even as young as 1 year. 

One of our 16-month-old patients came in for a first appointment. We did a knee-to-knee exam, determined the caries risk to be high, demonstrated proper brushing techniques and the importance of lifting the lip and looking for white line lesions for the mother and applied a fluoride varnish. Although he was put on a three-month recall for fluoride varnish therapy, he did not return for seven months…when he did return, it was because his mother was concerned about a ‘spot’ on his front tooth. She knew what to look for because of the anticipatory guidance she received…Because of the education I have received, I not only knew what the appropriate treatment was, but felt comfortable doing it!”

-Dr. Monica Hebl, general dentist in Milwaukee

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Georgia Dental Association building dental homes

DVD sneak peek

ADA News highlights WDA Dental Home

Dentist testimonies

Proud Partners

Financial support of WDA Dental Home materials provided by:


American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble Oral Health

About the Dental Home

Using the ADA and AAPD definitions as a basis, the WDA defines a dental home as:

“The ongoing relationship between the dentist who is the primary dental care provider and the patient, which includes comprehensive oral health care, beginning no later than age 1 in a continuously accessible, coordinated and family-centered way.”

Each kit comes in a familiar dental record format and includes:

Instructional DVD divided into nine chapters to facilitate viewing at dental team meetings (watch a two-minute sneak peek)

Tips for integrating the infant oral health exam into a general dental practice

Samples of two new pediatric dental forms designed by The Dental Record - an ADA Business Enterprises endorsed company

Frequently asked questions and answers about the dental home initiative

Optional CERP-approved two-credit CE exam for state dental associations to administer to dentists and hygienists

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

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


Executive Office: 6737 W. Washington St., Suite 2360, West Allis, WI 53214 | 414-276-4520
Legislative Office: 10 East Doty, Suite 509, Madison, WI 53703 | 608-250-3442
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