Promoting oral health from birth through childhood: Prevention of early childhood caries

Jennifer Yost, Yihong Li

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Abstract

Early childhood caries (ECC) is the single most common chronic childhood disease in the United States. Associated with a characteristic clinical presentation, ECC results from a culmination of risk factors, including cariogenic bacteria, inappropriate feeding practices, and social variables. It is essential that nurses become knowledgeable about ECC health promotion and prevention interventions to facilitate their efforts in everyday patient encounters and improve the overall oral health status of infants and children. This article provides an overview of ECC along with suggestions for actions that nurses can take to improve the oral health of children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-23
Number of pages7
JournalMCN The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2008

Keywords

  • Dental caries
  • Pediatric oral health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (nursing)
  • Maternity and Midwifery

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