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2011 I-Smile™ Policy Recommendations

The Oral Health Center developed policy recommendations for children's oral health issues in 2011. The policy brief below details the bureau's recommendations and a summary of their statistical data.

I-Smile™ Oral Health Coordinator Handbook

The I-Smile™ Oral Health Coordinator Handbook was developed as a manual for the program and its 24 regional I-Smile™ Coordinators. It provides an overview of the I-Smile™ program and its various duties, and it also contains sample forms and resources. The handbook was revised in January 2010.

ABCD Best Practices Manual

The Iowa Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD) program was initiated in 1999 and was a precursor to the I-Smile™ dental home initiative. The goals of the ABCD program were to 1) increase the capacity of communities to provide preventive oral health services; 2) increase access to oral health services; and 3) improve the oral health status of low-income children. The program targeted children ages from birth to twenty-one who were enrolled in the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) program.

The 2005 Iowa ABCD Best Practice Manual details the program's success and how it was implemented into the local communities.

Oral Health of Iowa Children, Environmental Scan 2005

This report uses existing data and input from state stakeholders to identify strengths, weaknesses, trends, and conditions regarding the oral health of Iowa children.

Regional Forum Summary

This report summarizes 12 oral health forums held around the state in the spring of 2005. The purpose of the forums was to gather input about oral health needs of children and families, community capacity to meet those needs, recommendation on how to best build local capacity, and to raise awareness about oral health issues.

National Oral Health Resource

The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center provides oral health fact sheets and other materials on their website.

Public Health Supervision of Dental Hygienists

In 2003, the Iowa Dental Board approved a rule change allowing "public health supervision" of a dental hygienist. A dental hygienist may enter into a collaborative agreement with a dentist, allowing the hygienist to provide services to a patient in a public health setting, prior to the patient seeing a dentist for an exam. The Oral Health Center is responsible for collecting the collaborative agreements and annual reports from the dental hygienists working under public health supervision.

For more information, visit the Iowa Dental Board.

School Dental Screening Program Documents

Below are the official forms to complete the school dental screening requirement. For more information on the requirement, please visit the School Dental Screenings page.