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Can interprofessional education keep Colorado children cavity free?


PA students visit dental school
PA students visit dental clinics

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and an opportunity to make childhood oral health the focus for health education programs throughout the state. 

At the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine Frontier Center interprofessional education is fundamental to keeping cavities out of our children’s mouths.

With the generous support of the Delta Dental Foundation the Frontier Center is helping future physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists and nurses understand the importance of oral health to a patient’s overall health. In turn, future dentists learn to identify medical problems from the health histories taken while performing an oral examination.

When the lifetime financial expense associated with one cavity is estimated at $3,200, preventing cavities and improving oral health at an early age are critical to managing care and cost. Partnerships between physicians and dentists, like those supported through the Frontier Center, may be the critical link to keeping Colorado’s children cavity free.

Learn more about Interprofessional education and the initiative to prevent cavities in Colorado children.

February 2014