I-Smile™ Coordinator Handbook – 2nd Edition
This manual has been developed as a guide and reference for implementation of the I-Smile™ program. This handbook includes section 700, the oral health services chapter, of Iowa’s Title V Administrative Manual for Community-Based Programs.
Oral Health Educational Materials
Educational materials on oral health topics have been developed by the Oral Health Center. These materials can be downloaded and used within your community.
Public Health Supervision of Dental Hygienists
In 2003, the Iowa Dental Board approved a rule change allowing "public health supervision" of a dental hygienist. A dental hygienist may enter into a collaborative agreement with a dentist, allowing the hygienist to provide services to a patient in a public health setting, prior to the patient seeing a dentist for an exam. The Oral Health Center is responsible for collecting the collaborative agreements and annual reports from the dental hygienists working under public health supervision.
For more information, visit the Iowa Dental Board.
Public Health Supervision of Dental Assistants
In 2015, the Iowa Dental Board approved a rule change allowing “public health supervision “ of a dental assistant. A dental assistant may enter into a collaborative agreement with a dentist, allowing the assistant to provide services to a patient in a public health setting, prior to a patient seeing a dentist for an exam. The Oral Health Center and the Iowa Dental Board are responsible for collecting collective agreements and annual reports from the dental assistants working under public health supervision.
School Dental Screening Program Documents
Below are the official forms to complete the school dental screening requirement. For more information on the requirement, please visit the School Dental Screenings page.
Medicaid Dental Periodicity for Children
Iowa’s periodicity schedule of dental services for Medicaid-enrolled children identifies the types of services recommended based upon the age of a child and risk for dental disease. The recommendations were developed using information from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and also Iowa’s definition of a dental home.
Oral Health Data on Iowa Public Health Tracking Program
The Iowa Public Health Tracking Program displays oral health related hospitalizations and emergency department visits. The data is displayed in a standard way over time to better understand the impact across Iowa, to inform the public, and to aid state and local partners in program planning and evaluation efforts. The Iowa Public Health Tracking Portal can be accessed at https://pht.idph.state.ia.us/Health/OralHealth/Pages/default.aspx.
Measures of oral health available on the portal include:
- Oral health hospitalizations
- Oral health emergency department visits
ABCD Best Practices Manual
The Iowa Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD) program was initiated in 1999 and was a precursor to the I-Smile™ dental home initiative. The goals of the ABCD program were to 1) increase the capacity of communities to provide preventive oral health services; 2) increase access to oral health services; and 3) improve the oral health status of low-income children. The program targeted children ages from birth to twenty-one who were enrolled in the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) program.
The 2005 Iowa ABCD Best Practice Manual details the program's success and how it was implemented into the local communities.