Maine’s From the First Tooth (FTFT) is an initiative funded by the Partnership for Children’s Oral Health. FTFT aims to improve the oral health of Maine’s children from the eruption of a child’s first tooth through the age of five by implementing an evidence-based preventive oral health approach in the medical home. Oral health is a part of overall health, so it is important for medical providers to play a key role in preventing childhood caries. FTFT encourages pediatricians and family medicine providers to incorporate the following steps into well-child visits:
- Oral health risk assessment
- Fluoride varnish application to help prevent childhood caries*
- Parent/caregiver education
- Referrals to dental homes for routine or more immediate care as needed
*Research shows that children who receive at least four fluoride applications before age four have lower rates of tooth decay
From The First Tooth provides on-going technical support and quality improvement to medical practices.