Dental Caries in Early Childhood
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- Many children endure needless pain and suffering as a result of oral disease. 1
- Increased maternal salivary bacteria level is associated with oral infection among children and predicts increased early childhood caries rate occurrence. 2
- American Indian children have the highest rate of early childhood caries of any population group within the United States. 1
- Existing effective management strategies for early childhood caries include caries risk assessment, brushing with fluoridated toothpaste, fluoride varnish applications, and certain behavioral interventions that affect preventive self-care practices. 3
- Parents routinely overestimate their children’s oral health status and underestimate their children’s treatment needs, especially for children under age 2. Significant improvements in pediatric oral health likely will be realized only when effective and efficient strategies to educate parents are implemented. 4
- Oral health professionals need to determine the reasons parents seek oral health care for their children in emergency departments and ambulatory surgery facilities and to implement effective strategies for preventing early childhood caries to reduce parents’ need to seek care for their children in these settings. 5
- Eight years after their first dental visit, children who begin receiving oral health care when they are under age 4 require fewer restorations, crowns, pulpotomies, and extractions and have lower expenditures for treatment procedures than children who begin receiving care at age 4 or over. 6
- Creative interventions such as motivational interviewing are needed to promote positive health practices among parents of young children to lower the risk for dental caries in children. 7
- Phipps KR, Ricks TL, Manz MC, Blahut P. 2012. Prevalence and severity of dental caries among American Indian and Alaska Native preschool children. Journal of Public Health Dentistry 72(3):208–215.
- Chaffee BW, Gansky SA, Weintraub JA, Featherstone JD, Ramos-Gomez FJ. 2014. Maternal oral bacterial levels predict early childhood caries development. Journal of Dental Research 93(3):238–244.
- Garcia R, Borrelli B, Dhar V, Douglass J, Gomez FR, Hieftje K, Horowitz A, Li Y, Ng MW, Twetman S, Tinanoff N. 2015. Progress in early childhood caries and opportunities in research, policy, and clinical management. Pediatric Dentistry 37(3):294-299.
- Divaris K, Vann WF, Baker AD, Lee JY. 2012. Examining the accuracy of caregivers’ assessments of young children's oral health status. Journal of the American Dental Association 143(11):1237–1247.
- Nagarkar SR, Kumar JV, Moss ME. 2012. Early childhood caries-related visits to emergency departments and ambulatory surgery facilities and associated charges in New York state. Journal of the American Dental Association 143(1):59–65.
- Nowak AJ, Casamassimo PS, Scott J, Moulton R. 2014. Do early dental visits reduce treatment and treatment costs for children? Pediatric Dentistry 36(7):489–93.
- Freudenthal JJ, Bowen DM. 2010. Motivational interviewing to decrease parental risk-related behaviors for early childhood caries. Journal of Dental Hygiene 84(1):29–34.
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