Oral health:
Healthy Smiles for Mom and Baby

Overview

Healthy Smiles for Mom and Baby (HSMB) is a statewide program to integrate oral health into prenatal and pediatric health care systems. HSMB is a four-year grant funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration as part of the Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement project. Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin is convening a multidisciplinary project advisory board that will guide program development, implementation and evaluation.

Goals

The goal of HSMB is to reduce the prevalence of oral disease in pregnant women and infants by utilizing quality improvement strategies to integrate oral health into existing health care systems. Objectives include:

  • Implementing referral systems between OBGYN, family medicine, pediatric providers and dentists
  • Integrating oral health education into prenatal care and pediatric well-child visits
  • Establishing dental homes for infants by age 1
  • Ensuring a financing system to support perinatal and infant oral health

HSMB documents

The HSMB advisory board is excited to release the 2015 Wisconsin Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Summit Summary report and statewide plan. This document summarizes results from the first Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Summit held in Wisconsin in September 2015 and includes the statewide plan for perinatal and infant oral health.

The statewide plan aligns with the objectives of the HSMB program, yet is broad enough to be utilized by statewide organizations working to reduce the prevalence of oral disease in pregnant women and infants.

Healthy Smiles for Mom and Baby

For more information on Healthy Smiles for Mom and Baby, please contact Dana Fischer at (414) 337-4563.

Did you know...

Children with cavities in their baby teeth are three times more likely to get cavities in adult teeth.