There have been some changes to the D codes that affect some of you who use D1203 when billing for fluoride varnish. In short, D1203 is no longer used. It should be replaced with D1206, not D1208.
Use the descriptor as follows for billing of flouride varnish application:
D-1206 Topical application of fluoride varnish
OTHER FLUORIDE CODES IN CDT 2013
The child and adult topical application of fluoride codes (D1203 and D1204) have been deleted in CDT 2013. Beginning January 1, 2013, the options for reporting preventive fluoride applications are D1206 (topical application of fluoride varnish) and D1208 (topical application of fluoride). Both codes can be reported for patients of any age.
Oral Health Kansas
Kansas Dental Association
AAP Children’s Oral Health
AAP Children’s Oral Heath Topics
National Maternal Child Oral Health Resource Center
Kansas Health Foundation’s The Truth About Teeth Campaign
Dental Apps for iPhones and iPads
Here are two apps for iPhones and iPads that teach children about dental care, answer parents’ questions, and in one case, focus on tools for people with autism.
Pediatric Dental Expert – Free
A favorite FREE app! This free app provides reliable, useful and fun information for families and kids.
My Healthy Smile – $4.99
This app offers 11 audio & visual social scripts to show children, ages 3-10, what to expect at the dentist and how to have good oral care at home. Topics include: having your teeth cleaned, taking X-rays and getting fillings, losing a tooth, brushing and healthy eating. The use of social scripts works especially well for children who have autism or developmental disabilities.
Dental Care Aid – $2.99
A total of 38 3-D Videos display the detailed oral hygiene procedures on different groups of teeth. Therefore, with the aid of this application, those interested in educating others about oral health can explain hygiene methods more conveniently.
Cavity Free 3D – Free
This application demonstrates proper brushing and flossing techniques using four industry leading 3D dental animations. These realistic, high quality animations will guide you through the entire process of brushing and flossing your teeth with and without braces.