Focus on Early Childhood Caries
This collection of selected resources offers current, high-quality information about early childhood caries (ECC). Use the tools below for further searching, or contact us for personalized assistance.
ECC is the presence of one or more decayed, missing (owing to caries), or filled tooth surfaces in any primary tooth in an infant or child under age 6. (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry)
Selected Materials in the OHRC Library
American Dental Association, Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations. 2011. Symposium on Early Childhood Caries in American Indian Children and Alaska Native Children. Chicago, IL: American Dental Association, Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations. 18 pp.
This report summarizes presentations from a symposium held on October 20–22, 2010, in Rapid City, SD, to establish a knowledge base about dental caries in the primary teeth of children in American Indian and Alaska Native tribal communities. Microbiology, epidemiology, enamel hypoplasia, caries research, and new intervention products are addressed.
American Academy of Pediatrics, Oral Health Initiative. 2011. Oral Health Risk Assessment Tool and Guidance. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics. 3 pp.
This tool, along with accompanying guidance, is designed to help health professionals implement oral health risk assessment during health supervision visits. Topics include timing of risk assessment, risk factors, protective factors, and clinical findings. The tool is intended for documenting dental caries risk of infants and young children (from birth to age 6). Information on treatment for those at high risk for caries and color photographs depicting various clinical findings are included.
Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. 2013. Best Practice Approach: Prevention and Control of Early Childhood Tooth Decay. Sparks, NV: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. 37 pp.
This report describes a public health strategy to prevent and control early childhood tooth decay, assesses the strength of the evidence on the effectiveness of the strategy, and uses practice examples to illustrate successful and innovative implementation. Contents include a conceptual model of the influences on children’s oral health and components of a strategic framework to prevent and control early childhood tooth decay. Focus areas include prevention, disease management, access to oral health services, and systems of integration and coordination.
Loftus R, ed. 2011. Advancing the Practice of Dental Disease Management. Sacramento, CA: California Dental Association Foundation. 2 v. (Part 1, Part 2)
This two-part series describes efforts to promote dental caries management by risk assessment (CAMBRA). Topics include the etiology of caries, prevention-centered caries-management strategies during critical periods in early childhood, and the evolving role of insurance carriers in caries prevention in children.
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Resource Highlights: Focus on Early Childhood Caries. June 2013.