Access to Baby Care (ABC) Program

Oral Health Assessment and Fluoride Varnish Application Services at Well-Child Visits

The Access to Baby Care Program for Pediatric Medical Practitioners

Mother and baby with health care provider

Provide Oral Assessments and Fluoride Treatment at Well-Child Visits

Be the hero behind the smile. As recommended by The American Academy of Pediatrics, you can enhance your well child visits with oral assessments and the application of fluoride varnish to help reduce cavities, prolong the life of baby teeth, and reduce the risk of future dental disease.

You Don’t Need to be a Dentist to Administer Fluoride Varnish

You just need to become trained to provide the service. It is free, quick and easy. The training can be provided through Smiles for Life or with the CT Dental Health Partnership’s ABC Practice Specialist who is a registered dental hygienist and expert in oral assessments and fluoride varnish treatments. She can help you work this process into your workflow. 


Online Training Course (Course completion and submitted documentation of course completion to CTDHP will satisfy the training requirement and enable billing of services) – Contact:

DSS Policy Bulletin on ABC Program: Connecticut Department of Social Services

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Pediatrics Volume 151, Issue 1, January 2023:
Maintaining and Improving the Oral Health of Young Children | American Academy of Pediatrics (

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Pediatrics Volume 146, Issue 6, December 2020:
Fluoride Use in Caries Prevention in the Primary Care Setting | American Academy of Pediatrics (

Bright Futures
EPSDT Periodicity Schedule: 
PERIODICITY SCHEDULE 2023.indd and Oral Health Pocket Guide (these guides can be ordered at

Bright Futures
Oral Health Campaign Toolkit – includes multi-lingual guides and videos

AAP – A Pediatric Guide to Children’s Oral Health – Flip Chart, Flip Chart (Spanish) and Link to Order

CareQuest Non-Invasive Caries Therapy Guide – an illustrated manual of tips and tricks on how to perform evidence-based techniques to improve oral health for all. Please visit the site, or download the PDF, share with your colleagues, use in your educational activities.

Fluoride in Water

Fluoride Facts | Campaign for Dental Health (

Fluoride in Water | The Debate (

Questions? Want to get trained? Already a provider who needs support?