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From the First Tooth is a pediatric oral health initiative promoting the oral health of infants, toddlers and preschool children in primary care in the State of Maine.

From the First Tooth Initiative Goal:

To eliminate dental disease among Maine children by greatly increasing the number of young children from 6 months through 5 years who receive preventive oral health care.

Medical Providers:

Medical providers can help prevent tooth decay by integrating oral health as standard medical care for young children.  Specifically, medical providers and their staff can offer oral evaluations (screenings), fluoride varnish, parent education and dental referrals for children as soon as the first tooth appears in a child’s mouth.

Resources:

  • Request more information
  • Request an in-person training
  • View online virtual training
  • Order FTFT Materials

Parents:

Parents can help their children by brushing their babies’ teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and asking for fluoride varnish applications at their babies’ medical and dental appointments. Children who receive fluoride varnish applications have less tooth decay than other children who do not receive fluoride varnish.

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