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Ashley Popejoy, DDS, MS.
The average age at which a child first visits a dentist is well over the AAPD’s recommendation to establish a dental home by age one. Because a primary care physician is likely to have multiple visits with a child between the ages of 6 months and 3 years, one method of assisting with access to care is involving dental professionals in primary medical preventive care appointments. A two-year pilot interventional study was performed with under age 3 dental visits being completed concurrently with a patient’s well-child visit at Jordan Valley Community Health Center in Springfield, MO. During this presentation, participants will learn the areas which experienced the greatest success during this trial, the most significant barriers to integration, and the level of impact these additional services had on a low-income health center population in the Midwest.