Healthcare providers are encouraged to download, print and share these supplemental resources, which were designed to improve communications with patients and colleagues.

Referral Forms

Referral Form: Evaluation of Oral Soft Tissue Lesion

Keep copies of this form in your clinic to assist with making timely and appropriate referrals of patients with oral soft tissue lesions to dental healthcare providers.

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Printing recommendations: 8 ½ x 11, portrait orientation

Referral Form: Request for a Dental Exam

Keep copies of this form in your clinic to assist with making timely and appropriate referrals of children to dental healthcare providers.

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Printing recommendations: 8 ½ x 11 page, landscape orientation, double-sided, formatted to print two forms per page; requires cutting

Screening & Diagnostic Tools

Screening Patients for Potentially Premalignant and Malignant Lesions: Performing a Head and Neck Examination

Refer to this resource when performing head and neck examinations on adult patients. A thorough head and neck exam should be included as a routine component of a general medical exam, especially for patients with risk factors for malignant lesions.

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Printing recommendations: 8 ½ x 11 page, portrait orientation, double-sided

Differential Diagnosis of White and Red Lesions of the Oral Cavity

Refer to this resource when evaluating white and red lesions of the oral cavity. The differential diagnosis of abnormalities of the oral cavity will help non-dental healthcare providers to refer at-risk patients appropriately for close re-examination.

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Printing recommendations: 8 ½ x 11 page, landscape orientation, double-sided

Performing an Oral Screening on a Child in a Medical Setting

Refer to this resource when performing an oral screening on a child. A thorough oral screening should be included as a routine component of a general medical exam at well-child visits, especially for patients at risk for dental decay.

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Printing recommendations: 8 ½ x 11 page, portrait orientation

Quick Reference & Clinical Posters

Suspicious Oral Lesions that Require Prompt Diagnosis

Keep this quick reference guide on-hand for help with identifying some common, suspicious lesions of the oral cavity that require prompt diagnosis.

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Printing recommendations: 8 ½ x 11 page, portrait orientation, double-sided

Eruption Charts

Use this double-sided poster – primary dentition on one side, permanent dentition on the other – as a clinical reference tool to educate your colleagues and patients about the sequence and pattern of primary and permanent tooth eruption.

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Printing recommendations: 8 ½ x 11 page, portrait orientation, single-sided

Smart Snacking Chart

Hang as a poster in your clinic or print and distribute to young patients, encouraging them to hang this chart on the refrigerator as a reminder of the difference between healthy and decay-causing snacks.

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Printing recommendations: 8 ½ x 11 page, landscape orientation

Stages of Caries (Tooth Decay) in Children

Hang as a poster in your clinic or laminate and keep on-hand to review and share images of visually-detectable caries with your patients.

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Printing recommendations: 8 ½ x 11 page, landscape orientation

Clinical Procedures

Step-by-Step Guide to Fluoride Varnish Application

Distribute this resource to your clinical staff, encouraging them to learn how to apply fluoride varnish.

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Printing recommendations: 8 ½ x 11 page, landscape orientation

Permanent Tooth Avulsion: Emergency Management of a Lost Permanent Tooth due to Oral Trauma for Non-Dental Healthcare Providers

Share this resource with your clinical staff and consider posting it in the clinic to help ensure that the appropriate steps are followed in cases of traumatic permanent tooth avulsion. A companion piece adapted for caregivers is also available.

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Printing recommendations: 8 ½ x 11 page, portrait orientation

Patient Hand-Outs

Performing an Oral Cancer Self-Exam: Step-by-Step Instructions

Print and distribute this brochure to patients, especially to those with associated risk factors, as a means of engaging them in the prevention and early detection of oral and oropharyngeal cancer. Although there are no universal guidelines governing how patients should perform an oral cancer self-examination, these step-by-step instructions can help patients identify a number of suspicious lesions.

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Printing recommendations: 8 ½ x 11 page, landscape orientation, double-sided, formatted as a bi-fold brochure; requires folding

Anticipatory Guidance Sheets

Print and distribute these brochures to your patients to help manage their expectations about the development of the oral cavity. Four handouts are available; one for each age group from birth to 19 years of age.

What to Expect from Birth to Age 3 (PDF)
What to Expect from Ages 3-6 (PD)F
What to Expect from Ages 6-12 (PDF)
What to Expect when you are a Teenager (Ages 12-19) (PDF)

Printing recommendations: 8 ½ x 11 page, landscape orientation, double-sided, formatted as a single-fold brochure; requires folding

First Aid for a Lost Adult Tooth

Print and distribute this handout to parents, caregivers, coaches and school teachers to help ensure that the appropriate steps are followed in cases of traumatic permanent tooth avulsion. A companion piece adapted for non-dental healthcare providers is also available.

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Printing recommendations: 8 ½ x 11 page, portrait orientation, formatted to print two handouts per page; requires cutting

Smart Snacking Chart

Hang as a poster in your clinic or print and distribute to young patients, encouraging them to hang this chart on the refrigerator as a reminder of the difference between healthy and decay-causing snacks.

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Printing recommendations: 8 ½ x 11 page, landscape orientation