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Web-based training

Bright Smiles from Birth II (BSFB) is an oral health education program for primary care providers that provides education on the prevention of early childhood caries, tools and resources for integrating oral health into well child visits and patient-facing materials. BSFB II includes a one hour training for physicians and pediatric health care providers. The training provides information on:

  • The pathogenesis of early childhood caries
  • Anticipatory guidance for families
  • Performing oral health assessments
  • Application of fluoride varnish

Trainings are available:

  • Wednesday, March 22, 2023 from 12pm to 1pm. Register here.
  • Wednesday, May 10, 2023 from 8am to 9am. Register here.

The Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics is accredited by the   Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics designates each live webinar for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses and Nurse Practitioners can submit Certificates of Attendance to their accrediting board to claim credit for participation in the live webinars.

National Children's Dental Health Month Toolkit

February is National Children's Dental Health Month, take part by using these ready to go social media messages, images, and a short video to help promote oral health and share on your various platforms all month and / or all year long!

AAP Policy Statements on Oral Health

These policy statements review concepts and scientific evidence required to understand and implement practice-based preventive oral health programs designed to improve oral health outcomes for all children and especially children at significant risk of dental decay.

AAP Oral Health Risk Assessment Tool

Bright Futures Oral Health Risk Assessment Tool can be viewed and downloaded below.


Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that helps strengthen teeth and prevent decay. AAP Policy recommends pediatricians screen for and discuss the adequacy of patients' fluoride intake as part of routine health maintenance exams and oral health risk assessment. Assessment should encompass a patient's cumulative fluoride intake from all available sources, and direct any necessary preventive education discussions.

Recommendations for Using Fluoride to Prevent and Control Dental Caries

The application of fluoride varnish during an oral screening is of benefit to children, especially those with limited access to dental care.

AAP Payment for Oral Health Services Resource

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services procedure code for fluoride varnish is D1206 primary care providers and the reimbursement is $26 per application up to three times of year on children under 36 months.

For private insurances, the procedure code for fluoride varnish is 99188 and reimbursement is between $11 to $18 per application.

Caries Risk Assessment

Caries Risk Assessment Tools assist in determining a child's overall risk for developing early childhood caries.

Resources to Find a Dental Home

Resources listed to help patients / families find a dental home.

Resources for Families

Bright and Healthy Smiles

Smiles begin at birth! It's never too early to start taking care of baby's teeth.

Sanas comienzan al nacer! Nunca es muy pronto para comenzar a cuidar los dientes del bebé.

Brushing Your Child's Teeth

Proper teeth brushing can help protect your child from developing cavities and tooth decay.

El cepillado correcto de los dientes puede contribuir a evitar que su hijo desarrolle caries y deterioro dental.

Information on Visiting the Dentist

Your child should see the dentist 6 months after they get their first tooth or by their first birthday.

Su hijo debe ver al dentista 6 meses después de la salida de su primer diente o antes de su primer cumpleaños.

Finding a Dental Home

Finding a dentist or dental home can help you in caring for your child's teeth and in keeping them healthy. Dental homes can provide you with a referral to dental specialists when needed too.

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is an important piece of oral health.

Information about fluoride for children.

After Fluoride Varnish

Information about what your child can eat and when your child can brush their teeth after fluoride varnish is applied.


Información sobre lo que su hijo puede comer y cuándo puede cepillarse los dientes después de aplicar el barniz de flúor.