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Chapter 5: Preventive Care

Introduction
The effective prevention of caries involves understanding the pathogenesis—the triad of teeth, bacteria, and sugar.

Fortunately, the development of caries is almost completely preventable by improved nutrition and oral hygiene and regular dental care.

This chapter presents an in-depth discussion of each prevention method to guide your oral health counseling and anticipatory guidance.

Sections

1.
Oral Hygiene
   
Brushing
   
Flossing
   
Fluoridated Toothpaste
2.
Feeding and Nutrition Practices
3.
Saliva
4.
Delay Colonization
5.
Dental Visits
6.
Dental Sealants and Fluoride
7.
Anticipatory Guidance by Age
8.
Key Points
9.
Self-Assessment Questions
 
Upon chapter completion, participants will be able to:
 
1.
Accurately counsel families on child oral hygiene practices.
 
2.
List nutrition practices that increase the risk of caries development.
 
3.
List practices that decrease the transmission of bacteria to children and delay oral colonization.
 
4.
Recall the recommended timing for establishment of a dental home.
 
5.
Recall the recommended timing for establishment of a dental home.
 
6.
Discuss the placement and benefits of dental sealants.
 
7.
Provide age-based oral health anticipatory guidance.
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