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Guidelines for Rural Oral Health Programs

Rural communities are using evidence-based practices and guidelines to develop rural oral health programs. For example, rural oral health programs that target infants and children are incorporating the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s recommendations and guidelines related to treatment options for early childhood caries, perinatal oral healthcare, infant oral healthcare, oral healthcare for the pregnant adolescent, and management of the dental patient with special healthcare needs. The American Dental Association Center for Evidence-based Dentistry website may help rural communities to identify clinical recommendations and guidelines for their oral health programs.

Resources to Learn More

Definitions, Oral Health Policies, and Recommendations
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) Reference Manual is divided into five sections: (1) definitions; (2) oral health policies; (3) recommendations; (4) endorsements; and (5) resources. Oral health policies are statements relating to AAPD positions on various public health issues. Clinical guidelines are practice recommendations designed to assist the dental provider in making decisions concerning direct patient care.
Organization(s): American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

American Dental Association Center for Evidence-based Dentistry
The Center for Evidence-based Dentistry provides a database of systematic reviews on all oral health topics, synopses of the key elements of systematic reviews, clinical recommendations and guidelines, and links to other outside resources including tutorials, glossaries, and databases.
Organization(s): American Dental Association