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Pediatric medical practices sought for oral health pilot program

July 15, 2014

Dentists who collaborate with pediatricians on oral health issues may wish to alert their colleagues about an American Academy of Pediatrics pilot program designed to help pediatricians communicate with families about the importance of nighttime routines that include tooth brushing, reading, and regular bedtimes.

The AAP is seeking 10 pediatric medical practices to participate in the program, called Brush, Book, Bed. BBB was developed by the AAP Section on Oral Health and Reach Out and Read. The 3-month pilot program will to explore whether the concept helps participating practices incorporate oral health preventive services and communicate messages about early literacy.

For more information or to receive a request for applications form, contact Lauren Barone, AAP’s manager of oral health at lbarone@aap.org. Completed applications must be submitted electronically to oralhealth@aap.org by July 24, 5 p.m. Central time.

Although the pilot program will only involve 10 practices, posters promoting the BBB concept will be available to others and a landing page will be created on Healthychildren.org to promote the message. Contact Ms. Barone for details.

This project is funded in part by donations to the American Academy of Pediatrics Friends of Children Fund. The pilot program is also supported in part by Young Innovations, Inc.