Why This Curriculum?
 
Why Oral Health?
 
Why is Oral Health Important?
 
Why Pediatricians?
Pediatrician’s interactions with young children provide an opportunity for anticipatory guidance, screening, and health maintenance.
Why Oral Health?
Oral health is an integral part of overall health and,
thus, is the responsibility of pediatricians. As part of providing a medical home, pediatricians are responsible for providing for the patient’s health care needs or for appropriately arranging care with other qualified professionals. Coordination of care for oral health requires a baseline level of knowledge to facilitate communication, referral, collaboration, and ongoing follow up and care. Finally, oral health issues are faced by a majority of children in the United States, so pediatricians must be aware of these issues and be competent in addressing them.