192811 An infant oral health program: Outcomes after six months

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Homa Amini, DDS, MPH, MS , Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH
Dental caries remains the most common chronic disease of childhood and is on the rise. The most recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention documented that for the first time in 40 years dental caries increased among children ages 2 to 5. In spite of its high prevalence, early childhood caries is a preventable disease. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends early establishment of dental home for children to promote good oral health and prevent dental disease in this very young population. The purpose of this project was to develop and implement an infant oral health clinic within a safety net dental clinic. Oral health status of patients was documented and children were followed up for recall appointment after six months. The effect of anticipatory guidance on caretaker's knowledge and behavior will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss steps taken to implement an infant oral health program at a safety net dental clinic 2. Articulate lessons learned, including barriers and pitfalls 3. Describe program components and outcomes

Keywords: Oral Health, Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: DDS, MPH, MS; prior programs
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.