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If you would like to develop an infant oral health program for your office, you can go to the Professional Resource page on the POL website pointsoflightonline.org. Under edu- cational videos you will find short clips on the knee-to-knee lap exam, infant oral hygiene, what to look for in an infant screening and more. If you would like a parent questionnaire to determine the child’s risk for developing dental disease in the future, just email me at craighdds@msn.com. I’ll be happy to send it to you and explain how it works.


FOR DENTISTS WHO DON’T WANT TO SEE KIDS IN THEIR PRACTICE … EVER


I get it! You feel more comfortable with adults. The POL project has a place for you as well. If you’re willing to provide dental care to preg- nant moms and help them maintain good oral health through the course of their pregnancy, you too can become a POL provider. Once you register, you will receive pamphlets and posters geared to pregnant moms that you can provide to nearby OB/GYN offices. There are many misconceptions about seeing a dentist while pregnant, and these brochures will help to dispel those myths.


GENERAL DENTISTS ARE THE BACKBONE


There are 114 counties in Missouri, but fewer than 80 pediatric dentists in the entire state. General dentists are needed to see very young patients to determine which ones are most at- risk for dental disease and to implement caries prevention measures to help avoid the need for specialty intervention. Whether you al- ready are seeing kids at age one or have never done so in the past but would consider adding these new patients to your practice, sign up now at the POL website. We all need to work together to change the mindset of individuals so that prevention becomes the goal.


You can become a beacon of hope for kids who are not seeing the dentist until they already have dental decay—and the associated pain, fear, shame and costs. It is my hope that you will elect to participate in the growing movement to provide a dental home to our youngest and most vulnerable patients. f


Dr. Craig Hollander is a pediatric dentist in St. Louis. He is a founding member of the Missouri Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Point of Light liaison for Missouri. Contact him at craighdds@msn.com. Learn more and sign up at pointsoflightonline.org.


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ISSUE 2 | MAR/APR 2020 | focus 37


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