Quality Resource Guide: Early Childhood Oral Health in the General Dentistry Office (2nd Edition) is organized by MetLife.
Originally published: June 2015
Updated and revised: June 2018
Expiration date: June 2021
MetLife designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credit for the review of this Quality Resource Guide and successful completion of the post test.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) has advocated since 1986 that children have their first dental visit by age 1. General dentists provide the largest amount of young children’s oral health care. Despite the documented benefits of early preventive dental care, a number of barriers are present for providers wishing to care for young children. These include lack of appropriate training and comfort in managing the young child patient. This Quality Resource Guide (QRG) highlights the principles of the Baby Oral Health Program model of oral health care in early childhood developed at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. It provides the dental team with the fundamentals of preventive messaging to caretakers of infants and toddlers by discussing feeding practices, oral hygiene, bedtime routines, fluoride exposure, oral habits, injury prevention, family history and teething. It also provides the general dentist and the office team with developmental-appropriate strategies to promote comfort in examining and delivering fluoride varnish to young children. The QRG will serve as an important resource for all dental offices as they strive to improve care for infants and young children.
• Provide contemporary views of early childhood oral health.
• Deliver essential preventive oral health messages for infants and toddlers to their caretakers.
• Discuss early childhood milestones and their applications to clinical practice.
• Describe strategies for effective examination and fluoride application in young children.
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Periodontics and Periodontology, Dentistry