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Vermont Department of Health, Baby Bottle Tooth Decay Program

Program Type: Local Effort - Programs and/or activities that have not been evaluated but are identified by local programs as producing positive results.

The Vermont Department of Health, Dental Health Services administers the Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (BBTD) Program. The BBTD Program aims to provide prevention and intervention of early childhood caries through the health care system, targeting children age four years and younger. The program raises awareness and educates providers and parents on the oral health of young children, promotes preventive care (such as fluoride supplement), and facilitates early visits to the dentist. The program: 1) Recruits the support of pediatricians to provide dental health education, fluoride supplements and dental referrals for early prevention; 2) Works with WIC clinics to detect BBTD and make referrals; 3) Offers water fluoride testing of private water sources at assess the need and appropriate dosage of fluoride supplements; 4) Provides a referral list of dentists recruited by the program to accept and treat young children in their practices. The program has recruited 110 dentists to treat children referred by the program, worked with all WIC clinics and assess BBTD, and provided resources and updates to all pediatricians' offices through periodic mailings made three times per year.

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Name: Robin Perez, RDH, BA, Dental Health Educator
Site or Location Name: Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (BBTD) Program
Dental Health Services, Vermont Department of Health, 108 Cherry St., P.O. Box 70
Burlington, VT 05408
Phone: (802) 863-7341