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Prevention of Early Childhood Caries
Physicians who care for children should teach the following methods to prevent or delay caries:
 
1.
Improve oral hygiene
 
2.
Alter feeding/eating practices
 
3.
Delay colonization of the teeth (See Bacteria.)
 
4.
Ensure adequate fluoride. (See Chapter 6: Fluoride)
 
5.
Establish dental care, such as a dental home
 
6.
In older high-risk children, encourage dental sealants (See Chapter 5: Preventive Care > Dental Sealants)
 
 
ECC is a preventable disease.
 
ECC has a significant effect on overall health.
 
Physicians can impact ECC with proper anticipatory guidance.
 
Fluoride should be provided both topically and systemically.

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