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Michigan Caries Prevention Program Improving the Oral Health of 1M Children

Wednesday, January 28, 2015  
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Dental disease is the most common chronic disease among children; five times more common than asthma. In 2007, only 2% of children on Medicaid under the age of 3 had seen a dentist, although by age 2, one in five Michigan children had at least one cavity. A majority of children see a family physician or a pediatrician for frequent well-child visits but very few are seen by the dentist for an age 1 dental check-up.


The Michigan Caries Prevention Program (MCPP) was created by Altarum Institute (also creators of the MCIR), in collaboration with Delta Dental of Michigan, the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and the Michigan Department of Community Health. The MCPP is working to reduce the burden of childhood dental disease in Michigan.


Currently, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend preventive oral health services be provided to children during the appropriate well-child visits. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry also recommends the establishment of a dental home by age 1.


To support primary care physicians and clinical staff in preventing pediatric dental disease, the MCPP will be offering the following support tools at no cost: 

  • A clinical decision support program
  • An electronic dentist referral and patient tracking tool
  • Comprehensive technical assistance

The MCPP will be kicking off in May 2015 and more details on the specific participation benefits will be released soon. Please contact Carley Kirk, Physician Engagement Lead, at or 734.302.4727 should you have any preliminary questions.

Get involved to be part of the solution. You can read more about the dental project here

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