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Dental Caries in Early Childhood

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OHRC Publications

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Barzel R, Holt K, eds. 2022. Promoting oral health in young children: A resource guide (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 30 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Washington, DC 20057

E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This guide provides an overview of the topic and features descriptions of and links to materials on data and surveillance, policy, professional education and training, public education, and state and local programs. The resource guide also includes descriptions of organizations that can provide additional support for activities that promote the availability of high-quality oral health care for young children. [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 Washington, DC 20057

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 Washington, DC 20057

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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First Things First. 2016–. Arizona parent kit. Phoenix, AZ: First Things First, multiple items

First Things First
4000 North Central Avenue, Suite 800
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Telephone: (602) 771-5100
Secondary Telephone: (877) 803-7234
E-mail: community@firstthingsfirst.org
Website: http://www.firstthingsfirst.org
Available from the website.

This kit is designed to help parents meet the challenges of parenting and support the healthy development of their infant or young child. Contents include resources about child development, health and safety, quality child care, and school readiness. Information about the importance of oral health in young children, preventing and treating tooth decay, oral hygiene during pregnancy and infancy, and finding a dentist is 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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Maryland Dental Action Coalition. 2015. Give your child a healthy mouth for life. Columbia, MD: Maryland Dental Action Coalition, 6 pp

Maryland Dental Action Coalition
10015 Old Columbia Road, Suite B-215
Columbia, MD 21046

Telephone: (410) 312-5456
E-mail: info@mdac.us
Website: http://www.mdac.us
Available from the website.

This brochure and poster provide information for parents and pregnant women about the importance of fluoride for keeping teeth healthy. The brochure includes links to resources that can help parents and pregnant women learn more about fluoride, how to get dental coverage in Maryland, and how to find a dentist for a child. Information about Maryland’s Medicaid Dental Program is included. The poster emphasizes that drinking fluoridated water helps prevent tooth decay in children. The brochure and the poster are available in English and in Spanish.


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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. 2021. Prevention of dental caries in children younger than 5 years: Screening and interventions—Final recommendation statement. 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.

This statement provides recommendations for primary care clinicians about how to prevent tooth decay in infants and children under age 5. Recommendations include prescribing oral fluoride supplements starting at age 6 months for infants and children whose water supply is deficient in fluoride, applying fluoride varnish to the teeth of all infants and children starting at the age of primary tooth eruption, and routinely screening infants and children under age 5 for caries lesions.

     

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