MCAAP Committee on Oral Health

MCAAP Committee on Oral Health

The MCAAP Committee on Oral Health was launched in 2011.  It is a multidisciplinary group that includes dental and medical providers, members of the Massachusetts Dental Society, insurers and other key stakeholders.

The MCAAP Oral Health Committee 2017-18:


  • Build connections between medical providers,dental providers and families along with oral health stakeholders in the community
  • Provide oral health education and updates to the MCAAP membership.
  • Advocate for oral health needs on the local, state levels and national levels by

1) Disseminating preventative oral health strategies and messaging

2) Encouraging early referrals to dental providers and

3) Providing timely care for urgent and routine oral health needs

4) Responding to legislative actions in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Accomplishments in 2016-2017: We continued to build connections between medical providers and dental providers and families. Many pediatricians were connected with local dental providers who provided age one oral health care.

Key accomplishments included:

  1. Continued dissemination of oral health information/education to pediatricians and updates through the Forum, MDS e-news alerts and Mass Health Newsletters and local meetings, most recently CHNA-6 group in Milford
  2. Increased medical/dental collaboration through engagement of medical residents in pediatric dental practices as part of their pediatric rotation (Half day curriculum was development and will be piloted through U Mass Memorial Pediatric Residency Program and now being continued through Baystate
  3. Collaboration with partners including Massachusetts Dental Society, Holyoke Health Center/ Baystate Health Center, Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Better Oral Health Coalition of Massachusetts, Oral Health Advocacy Task Force, Health Care for All to develop new statewide projects
  4. Development and Dissemination of Mouthguard education to schools, Pediatricians and Athletic coaches in partnership with the Massachusetts Medical Society and Massachusetts Dental Society

Ongoing efforts  include:

  1. Finalization of materials of Connect the Dots Toolkit – AgeOne Visit materials which includes:

1)     Provider Guide to Oral Health Messages

2)     Letter to provide introduction from Dentists to Medical Providers

3)     Referral Form

4)     Fluoridation Map with Age One Visit recommendations

  1. Ongoing commitment to engage more providers in fluoride varnish and refer all children by age one to dental providers
  2. Continued oral health education through various media (including webinars, local and regional meetings, updating the website) to pediatricians
  3. Developing community partnerships between pediatric medical residents and dental residents to help medical residents learn more about oral health
  4. Continued advocacy of fluoride use including community water fluoridation
  5. Development of Tobacco Cessation Materials for Use in Pediatric and Dental Practices with use of pilot sites and collaboration with University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Tobacco Treatment Research & Training/ AAP Richmond Center


Resources for Pediatricians in Office:

Doctor’s Guide to Oral Health Communication

Oral Health Risk Assessment

Education and Training for medical students, residents, and pediatricians – PACT curriculum/Smiles for Life – includes free CME!

Membership in the committee is open to all members of the Academy who have an active interest in pediatric oral health. If you would like to join, please contact Cathleen Haggerty or Michelle Dalal at or