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Maternal and Child Health Bureau logoA Health Professionals Guide to Pediatric Oral Health Management
HomeModuleModule 1: An Introduction to Infants' and Young Children's Oral HealthModule 2: Managing Infants' and Young Children's Oral HealthModule 3: Oral Conditions and AbnormalitiesModule 4: Prevention of Oral DiseaseModule 5: Non-Nutritive Sucking HabitsModule 6: Oral InjuryModule 7: Infants and Young Children with Special Health Care NeedsContentsGlossaryEvaluationHelp
Module 1: An Introduction to Infants' and Young Children's Oral Health
Module Contents
Overview (current page)
1.1 The Health Professional’s Role in Promoting Oral Health
1.2 Trends in Oral Health

Access to Care
Tooth Decay
Untreated Tooth Decay
Fluoride
Malocclusion
Injury and Violence
Children with Special Health Care Needs
1.3 Oral Health, General Health, and Well-Being
Key Points
Post-Test
References
Additional Resources
Overview
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Video introduction from Arthur J. Nowak, D.M.D.
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video transcript

An emerging awareness of the nature and severity of oral disease and its serious implications for general health has made it imperative that all health professionals engage more actively in oral health promotion and disease prevention.

Module 1 discusses the health professional’s role in promoting infants’ and young children’s oral health. It summarizes recent trends, which indicate that preventable oral diseases still afflict the majority of U.S. children. The module also discusses how oral health is related to general health and well-being.

 
Learning Objectives

Describe the health professional’s role in promoting infants’ and children’s oral health.

 

List recent trends in oral health in the United States.

 

Explain the relationship between oral health, general health, and well-being.

 
Time to Complete this Lesson Module: Approximately 20 minutes
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