Dental Facts for the Frontline

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Is Your Child Care, Practice or Organization Dental-Friendly?. EducationPreparationPrevention. Are You Advocating for Oral Health?. Ways child care providers can advocate:Learn about oral health issues Teach dental hygiene to the children you serve Ways advocacy organizations can advocate:Educ

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1. www.docsfortots.org Dental Facts for the Frontline Danielle G. Dooley, MD, MPhil, FAAP Pediatrician Unity Health Care Good morning, and welcome to DFT’s first national webcast to promote the oral health of our nation’s youngest citizens. I’m Danielle Dooley, a pediatrician with Unity Healthcare, the District of Columbia’s largest health care provider for the underserved and I’m a proud member of DFT.Good morning, and welcome to DFT’s first national webcast to promote the oral health of our nation’s youngest citizens. I’m Danielle Dooley, a pediatrician with Unity Healthcare, the District of Columbia’s largest health care provider for the underserved and I’m a proud member of DFT.

2. Is Your Child Care, Practice or Organization Dental-Friendly? Education Preparation Prevention I want to start by posing several questions: Are you educated about common dental issues facing young children? (for those in child care or practice) Are you prepared to handle common dental emergencies? Are you familiar with methods to prevent common dental problems?I want to start by posing several questions: Are you educated about common dental issues facing young children? (for those in child care or practice) Are you prepared to handle common dental emergencies? Are you familiar with methods to prevent common dental problems?

3. Are You Advocating for Oral Health? Ways child care providers can advocate: Learn about oral health issues Teach dental hygiene to the children you serve Ways advocacy organizations can advocate: Educate policy makers at local, state and federal level Organize a dental advocacy campaign  Ways doctors can advocate: Learn updates on oral health care Learn to do an oral health risk assessment Talk to patients about oral health Work with advocacy organizations to educate policymakers and the public

4. Topics for Today Why early intervention matters Tooth development and decay Baby bottle tooth decay Teeth grinding Thumbsucking Dental emergencies In order to facilitate education, preparation, prevention and advocacy in the practice or organization in which you work, I’d like to address the following topics todayIn order to facilitate education, preparation, prevention and advocacy in the practice or organization in which you work, I’d like to address the following topics today

5. Good Oral Hygiene Habits Start EARLY! 90% of all cavities are preventable with good oral hygiene and dental care The younger a child is when they develop dental caries, the more likely they are to have future dental disease Poland, Charles. Promoting Oral Health in Young Children. http://www.aapd.org. So, child care providers are an excellent source of education for parents and kids and spend lots of time with them! So, child care providers are an excellent source of education for parents and kids and spend lots of time with them!

6. Teeth are in Jeopardy There is a silent epidemic of dental disease in our country This epidemic affects poor and minority children the most- these children are 5X as likely to have untreated tooth decay than other kids Krol, David M. Educating Pediatricians on Children’s Oral Health: Past, Present, and Future. Pediatrics 2004;113:e487-492

7. Why Are Teeth in Jeopardy? Dental caries, or cavities, is the most common chronic disease among children in the United States (5X more common than asthma!) 50% of kids have at least one cavity by the time they start elementary school Teenagers have an average of 8 cavities by the time they are 17 yrs old Poland, Charles. Promoting Oral Health in Young Children. http://www.aapd.org

8. Where do Kids Learn to Keep Their Teeth Healthy? Dentists Pediatrician Family School/Child Care

9. Dental Access is a Problem Many kids have never been to the dentist- 1 out of 10 kids between the ages of 5 and 10 have NEVER seen a dentist There are not enough pediatric dentists in the United States to meet the health needs of children Kids from low income families are 5X as likely to have untreated tooth decay due to poor access to dental services Poland, Charles. Promoting Oral Health in Young Children. http://www.aapd.org Many general dentists do not have the office equipment or skills to examine young childrenMany general dentists do not have the office equipment or skills to examine young children

10. Pediatricians Don’t Have the Training or the Time American Academy of Pediatrics declared in May 2003 that all pediatricians should be able to perform oral health risk assessments starting at 6 months of age 60% of pediatricians have not received any oral health training 75% of pediatricians consider their knowledge of oral health inadequate Krol, David M. Educating Pediatricians on Children’s Oral Health: Past, Present, and Future. Pediatrics 2004;113:e487-492 So we’ve seen that dental access is a problem, why can’t pediatricians make up for this? According to Dr. David Krol, a DFT member and expert on pediatric oral health…So we’ve seen that dental access is a problem, why can’t pediatricians make up for this? According to Dr. David Krol, a DFT member and expert on pediatric oral health…

11. There Just Isn’t Time! In a standard 15 minute well child visit, pediatricians must: Talk with the parents Examine the child Address other topics such as violence and injury prevention, nutrition, breastfeeding, school issues, developmental issues

12. What is a Tooth? Crown- above the gum Root- below the gum; makes up 2/3 of the total length of the tooth!

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