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Maternal and Child Health Bureau logoA Health Professionals Guide to Pediatric Oral Health Management
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Module 2: Managing Infants' and Young Children's Oral Health
Module Contents
2.1 Oral Development

Tooth Eruption and Loss
2.2 Interview and
Risk Assessment

During & After Pregnancy (current page)
During Infancy
During Early Childhood
2.3 Oral Screening
2.4 Behavior Management
2.5 Oral Examination
2.6 Anticipatory Guidance

For Pregnant Women,
New Mothers, or Other Intimate Caregivers
For Parents of Infants

For Parents of
Young Children

2.7 The Dental Home
Key Points
Additional Resources

2.2 Interview and Risk Assessment, continued

Interview During and After Pregnancy

Interview questions to ask pregnant women and new mothers (or other intimate caregivers) before and during the colonization process (first 30 months of the child’s life):

  • Do you have any problems with your teeth?

  • Does your family have any inherited problems/diseases affecting the teeth?

  • Do you know the fluoride status of your drinking water?

  • Are you brushing and flossing regularly?

  • As your child grows up, do you think you can help your child prevent tooth decay? What kinds of things do you want to do to protect your child’s teeth?

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