The OU College of Dentistry launched its Infant Oral Health Program, housed in the Pediatric Clinic at the College of Dentistry, on June 11. The preventive dental care program is for children ages 1 to 3 years and the initial appointment includes a dental examination, oral health plan, a cleaning and an elective fluoride treatment at a cost of $15.
One goal of the program is to provide low-cost care to the community and to teach parents preventive measures to raise their infants and toddlers to have healthy mouths and teeth.
“Childhood caries and tooth decay are the most common chronic disease in children,” Dr. Fagan said. “In fact, it’s five times more common than asthma in children, and left untreated, cavities may lead to pain and infection, which can progress to issues with eating, speaking, sleeplessness and even learning.”
It is also great for our dental students, as they will be providing the care for the infants—under the supervision of licensed faculty. The students will gain experience and skills in examining, diagnosing and treating infants and will conduct the oral health assessments, deliver preventive treatments. They will also participate in counseling sessions with parents providing them with infant/toddler oral health prevention and education.
Once infants begin the program, they are then retained in the Pediatric and Orthodontic Clinics where the dental students can monitor the growth and development of the child as they grow from infants to toddlers, toddlers to children, and children to teenagers.
For those interested in having their infant or toddler examined, please call (405) 271-2360 to schedule an appointment.