We are currently conducting an individual medical visit and dental first home visit on the same day for our newborn pediatric patients. While the baby is waiting for the pediatrician, vaccines, or the MA, the dentist will go into the medical room and do the dental first home visit.
We are considering whether it would be possible to include a first home dental visit during the CenteringParenting group. The dental education component in a group setting would be about 6-8 minutes and each dental first home exam should be about 3-4 minutes per patient. While each baby is seeing the pediatrician could another baby not be getting the dental exam?
Has anyone else implemented or tried a similar approach? Starting dental education at 6 months with fluoride varnish application can really help at preventing decay as the child grows older, so we really think this is a big benefit to our patients. Also, having the additional 8 dental encounters each session could help us to continue to build the dental department.
Any feedback is greatly appreciated!
Last Edit: Jan 30, 2017 15:35:12 GMT -5 by asierra
Post by John Craine on Jan 31, 2017 12:44:42 GMT -5
What a fantastic idea and a great way to leverage the health care visit to integrate additional care services. It also respects the family's time and resources. There is also no sacrifice of group time since you can conduct physical and dental assessments simultaneously.
John Craine MS, MBA Sr. Director of Strategy and Partnerships Centering Healthcare Institute
Post by DinaDeJesus on Feb 20, 2017 16:13:43 GMT -5
We have a dental sealant program and our hygienist regularly comes to Centering and does an evaluation, parent education, and sealants on all eligible babies. It can be every 3-6 months depending on age. It just takes a few minutes interspersed with exams, vaccines.If it's the whole group she does them all afterwards.
We do it in a different space where she is set up as she is also seeing other patients, but it is working for us for now, and our babies are getting sealants and referrals as needed. She is also great at evaluating kids on the spot if you see an unusual tooth or gum issue.
Hey, this idea is great. I also would like to start taking my kids to the dentist so that I am updated with their dental health time to time. We have also been thinking to get the family dental insurance from a trustworthy Torrance dentist. What are the key things that we should consider when comparing various insurance plans?