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Dental Caries in Early Childhood

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Key Facts

Did you know? Many children endure needless pain and suffering as a result of oral disease.

OHRC Publications

This section contains OHRC-produced materials.


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Bertness J, Holt K, eds. 2013. Promoting oral health in young children: A resource guide. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 42 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This document is designed to help health professionals, program administrators, educators, researchers, policymakers, parents, and others prevent disease and promote oral health in infants and young children from birth through age 5. The guide lists journal articles appearing in the peer-reviewed literature; materials such as brochures, fact sheets, guidelines, curricula, and reports; and federal agencies, national professional associations, resource centers, and national coalitions. Topics include data, Maternal and Child Health Bureau–funded projects, policy, professional-client tools, professional development, program development, and public education. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Casamassimo P, Holt K, eds. 2016. Bright Futures: Oral health—Pocket guide (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 90 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This pocket guide offers health professionals an overview of preventive oral health supervision for five periods—pregnancy and postpartum, infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. The pocket guide is designed to help health professionals implement specific oral health guidelines during these periods. For each period, information about family preparation, risk assessment, interview questions, screening, examination, preventive procedures, anticipatory guidance, measurable outcomes, and referrals are discussed. The content aligns with Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents (4th ed.). [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Holt K, Barzel R. 2009. A healthy smile for your baby: Tips to keep your baby healthy (rev.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 2 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available at no charge; also available from the website.

This brochure is designed to educate expecting and new parents about the importance of oral hygiene and oral care during infancy. Topics include caring for an infant’s gums and teeth, giving healthy foods, and getting a dental checkup by age 1. Additional topics include the importance of primary teeth, tips to help parents keep their own mouths healthy, and resources for finding a dentist. The brochure is available in English and Spanish. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Holt K, Barzel R. 2014. A healthy smile for your young child: Tips to keep your child healthy (rev.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 2 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available at no charge; also available from the website.

This brochure is designed to educate parents and other caregivers of young children about oral hygiene and oral care during early childhood. Topics include toothbrushing, flossing, eating healthy foods, and getting dental checkups and treatment. Additional topics include the importance of primary teeth, tips to help parents keep their own mouths healthy, and resources for finding a dentist. The brochure is available in English and Spanish. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Holt K, Barzel R, Bertness J. 2016. It shouldn't hurt to be a child: Preventing early childhood caries (ECC). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 4 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This fact sheet for health professionals provides information on preventing early childhood caries (ECC). Topics include what ECC is and who is at risk, the costs of ECC, and how ECC risk can be reduced. The fact sheet discusses the prevalence of ECC among various populations and why some populations are at higher risk than others, how ECC is treated and the impact of treatment on children and families, and effective strategies for preventing ECC. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Holt K, Clark M, Barzel R. 2009. Two healthy smiles: Tips to keep you and your baby healthy (rev.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 2 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available at no charge; also available from the website.

This brochure is designed to educate women about the importance of oral hygiene and oral health care during pregnancy. Topics include brushing, flossing, eating healthy foods, and getting dental check-ups and treatment. Additional topics include the impact of hormonal changes during pregnancy on gum health, caring for an infant’s gums and teeth, and finding a dentist. The brochure is available in English and Spanish. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Lowe E, Holt K. 2016. Be an oral health champion. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 4 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This booklet was developed to help Head Start and child care program staff become aware of problems young children with poor oral health may experience. Contents include ideas for promoting oral health and preventing oral disease. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

     


OHRC Library

This section contains recent materials, not including OHRC-produced materials.


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American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. 2014. The state of little teeth. Chicago, IL: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, 23 pp

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60611-2637

Telephone: (312) 337-2169
Fax: (312) 337-6329
Website: http://www.aapd.org
Available from the website.

This report examines tooth decay among young children. Topics include who is most likely to have tooth decay; the short- and long-term health, social, and economic effects of tooth decay; why tooth decay occurs; and how to halt increases in tooth decay rates among young children. The report also looks at implications of the Affordable Care Act for pediatric oral health.


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Dye BA, Thornton-Evans G, Li X, Iafolla TJ. 2015. Dental caries and sealant prevalence in children and adolescents in the United States, 2011–2012. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics, 7 pp

National Center for Health Statistics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 3311 Toledo Road, Room 5419
Hyattsville, MD 20782

Telephone: (800) 232-4636
Secondary Telephone: (888) 232-6348
Fax: (301) 458-4020
E-mail: nchsquery@cdc.gov
Website: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs
Available from the website.

This report describes the prevalence of dental caries and dental sealants in children and adolescents by age, race, and Hispanic origin in the United States. Topics include disparities for dental caries and dental sealant prevalence in children and adolescents in 2011–2012. Definitions, the data source, and a discussion of methods are included.


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Phipps KR, Ricks TL. 2015. The oral health of 1–5 year old American Indian and Alaska Native children: Results of the 2014 IHS Oral Health Survey. Rockville, MD: U.S. Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, 9 pp

U.S. Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health
801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 300
Rockville, MD 20852

Telephone: (301) 443-1106
Secondary Telephone: (800) IHS-DENT (447-3368)
Fax: (301) 594-6610
E-mail: dentaljobs@ihs.gov
Website: http://www.ihs.gov/dentistry/index.cfm
Available from the website.

This brief presents findings from a national survey to assess the oral health status of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children ages 1–5. Contents include information on the prevalence of tooth decay in the primary and permanent teeth of AI/AN children ages 1–5 in 2014 at both the national and Indian Health Service Area level, as well as trends in the oral health of this population since 2010. The brief also describes the prevalence of dental sealants on a primary molar tooth among this population.


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Reusch C. 2016. Preventing early childhood tooth decay: What states can do. Washington, DC: Children's Dental Health Project, Multiple items

Children's Dental Health Project
1020 19th Street, N.W., Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Telephone: (202) 833-8288
Fax: (202) 331-1432
E-mail: info@cdhp.org
Website: https://www.cdhp.org
Available from the website.

This brief explains the implications of a simulation model for preventing dental caries in early childhood in New York and discusses opportunities to implement policies to align the oral-health-care-delivery system with established science. The brief describes a risk-based approach to oral health care and a number of other approaches for crafting dental benefits in a cost-effective manner. Contents include program-specific recommendations, systems-change opportunities, and Medicaid reform options.


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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. 2014. Dental caries in children from birth through age 5 years: Screening. Rockville, MD: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, multiple items

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
540 Gaither Road
Rockville, MD 20850

Telephone: (301) 427-1584
Website: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org
Available from the website.

These resources summarize the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations and evidence for preventing dental caries in infants and children from birth through age 5. Contents include a recommendation statement, an evidence report, a research plan, a clinical summary, a consumer fact sheet, and an evidence synthesis. Topics include prescribing fluoride supplements for infants and children starting at age 6 months whose water supply is deficient in fluoride and applying fluoride varnish to infants’ and children’s teeth starting upon eruption of the first primary tooth.

     

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Selected Websites

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Dental Association

Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors

DentaQuest Institute

Early Childhood Caries Resource Center

National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine


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