Prevention of dental disease: The role of the pediatrician

Tara E. Schafer, Steven M. Adair

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Evidence increasingly suggests that to be successful in preventing dental disease, we must begin preventive interventions within the first year of life. Pediatricians are well positioned to begin this process with early assessment of oral health and provision of anticipatory guidance, including ensuring that patients establish a dental home in addition to their medical home. This article provides information that will enable pediatricians to assess caries risk and provide practical and effective advice to parents about preventing dental disease, including oral hygiene, diet, and fluoride recommendations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1021-1042
Number of pages22
JournalPediatric clinics of North America
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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