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Gen Dent. 2010 Nov-Dec;58(6):505-17; quiz 518-9.

Caries risk assessment, prevention, and management in pediatric dental care.

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  • 1School of Dentistry, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.


The recent increase in the prevalence of dental caries among young children has highlighted the need for a new approach to prevent caries in children at a younger age. New disease prevention management models call for children to have their first visit to the dentist at age 1 or when their first tooth erupts. This article addresses early childhood caries risk assessment, prevention, and management strategies in young children using the concept of the "dental home" and a simple six-step protocol to conduct an effective and comprehensive infant oral care visit.

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