Dental Care for Infants | Dentalcare.ca
COURSE NUMBER: 387
Erica DiMarco, DDS; Ivonne Ganem, DMD, MPH
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that caries is perhaps the most prevalent infectious disease in US children. By the time they reach kindergarten, more than 40% of children have caries.(/en-ca/ce-courses/ce387/r...
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that caries is perhaps the most prevalent infectious disease in US children. By the time they reach kindergarten, more than 40% of children have caries.1 A dental home should be established within six months of eruption of the first tooth and no later than 12 months of age.2 This is to ensure that parents have the proper education on how to prevent Early Childhood Caries (ECC) and to obtain a baseline of the child’s oral health. This course will describe the importance of educating parents on when a dental home should be established for their children and describe how preventative measures and regular dental appointments starting in infancy can prevent ECC.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that caries is perhaps the most prevalent infectious disease in US children. By the time they reach kindergarten, more than 40% of children have caries. To prevent oral disease, parent education and oral hygiene practices must begin in infancy. It is important that providers know how to educate parents on when a dental home should be established for their children. Bringing a child to the dentist early is important for parent education on oral hygiene practices, oral habits, dietary counseling, and to have an exam completed on the child to ensure oral health.
Dental Assistant Students, Dental Assistants, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Hygienists, Dental Students, Dentists
Date Course Online:
Dec 12, 2011
Last Revision Date:
Dec 18, 2019
Course Expiration Date:
Dec 17, 2022
AGD Subject Code(s):
Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:
- Understand the different disease processes that can affect infants.
- Educate the mother on perinatal oral care.
- Understand how to perform an initial oral exam.
- Perform a caries risk assessment and teach preventive strategies to the mother or caregiver.
- Understand high risk dietary practices.
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- Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice. Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.
Note: Registration is required to take test.
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8/1/2021 to 7/31/2027
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