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Dental Caries in Early Childhood

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OHRC Publications

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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
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, Barzel R, eds. 2018. Promoting oral health in young children: A resource guide (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 24 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This resource guide provides information for health professionals to assist them in planning, developing, and implementing efforts to ensure that children receive optimal oral health care. The resource guide describes materials, including brochures, fact sheets, guides, manuals, and reports as well as federal agencies, resource centers, and national professional associations that may serve as resources. [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
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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National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness. 2014–. Healthy habits for happy smiles. Elk Grove Village, IL: National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness, 26 pp

Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
Telephone: (866) 763-6481
E-mail: health@ecetta.info
Website: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov
Available from the website.

This series of handouts for pregnant women and parents of infants and young children provides simple tips on nutrition and oral health issues. Topics include brushing a young child’s teeth, choosing healthy drinks for young children, encouraging young children to drink water, giving young children healthy snacks, taking care of oral health for pregnant women, and taking care of an infant’s oral health. The series is available in English and in Spanish.

     


OHRC Library

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


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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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Lee J. 2014. Early preventive dental visits. Chicago, IL: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center, 6 pp

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center
211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60611-2637

Telephone: (312) 337-2169
Secondary Telephone: (800) 544-2174
Fax: (312) 337-6329
E-mail: pohrpc@aapd.org
Website: https://www.aapd.org/research/policy-center/
Available from the website.

This report provides information about the importance of early preventive dental visits. Topics include the consequences of waiting to receive dental care, the rationale for early preventive dental visits in medicine, the cost-effectiveness of early dental intervention, and the effectiveness of early dental visits. Statistical information about average costs of dental care and for average related costs of treatment in the hospital/operating room for children ages 1–5 are provided.


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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
5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop 08N34 A
Rockville, MD 20852

Telephone: (800) 447-3368
E-mail: dentaljobs@ihs.gov
Website: http://www.ihs.gov/dentistry
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, Booth M, Foster M. 2015. Reducing early childhood tooth decay: Strategies for state Medicaid and CHIP dental program managers. Baltimore, MD: U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 5 pp

U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21244

Telephone: (877) 267-2323
Secondary Telephone: (410) 786-3000
Fax:
Website: https://www.cms.gov
Available from the website.

This issue brief for state oral health program managers presents strategies for preventing and managing early childhood caries in children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The brief also provides examples of state efforts to implement prevention, risk-assessment, care-plan, and quality-improvement strategies in Medicaid and CHIP.


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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 recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force provide information about dental caries prevention in infants and children from birth through age 5. They include a recommendation statement, an evidence report, a research plan, a clinical summary, a consumer fact sheet, and an evidence synthesis. The recommendations also discuss 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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