Oral Health Disease Prevention Information
Prevention is key to good oral health.
Patient Fact Sheets:
Additional information including overviews and provider fact sheets are available on Massachusetts Oral Health Series (MOHS).
For Healthcare Providers
Clinical Recommendations for Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence:
|Confirm (or refer to) Dental Home, Perform Risk Assessment
|Starting from 6 months old and reconfirming an active dental home at each visit until age 5, and then continue reconfirming annually thereafter. The first dental office visit should occur by age 1.
|Apply Topical Fluoride Varnish
|Starting from 6 months old (first tooth erupted) apply fluoride varnish up to every 3 months until at least age 5.
|Consider Prescribing Oral Fluoride Supplementation (non-fluoridated communities only)
|Starting from 6 months old, based on individual town/city community water fluoridation status, continue supplements until age 16 or change in related community water fluoridation status.
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Based on 2023 Water Fluoridation Status**
*Receives fluoridated water from the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA)
**Please note: The current status of some fluoridated communities may be different than what is listed due to a temporary suspension of fluoridation.
Population Source: 2016-2020 ACS Population Estimate