The Foundation seeks to significantly reduce the incidence of dental disease in Maine. In 2008, the Foundation launched its first oral health initiative, From the First Tooth™, which serves over a third of all Maine children (0-4) who receive preventive oral health services in medical settings. From the First Tooth integrates evidence-based early childhood caries prevention procedures into routine medical care for Maine children ages 0-4 and their families.
Through From the First Tooth, healthcare providers are instructed how to perform an oral health assessment, apply fluoride varnish to children's teeth and provide oral health education to the parents and caregivers. The program is administered by MaineHealth and has been formally endorsed by the Maine Dental Association. For more information about From the First Tooth, please visit: www.fromthefirsttooth.org.