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Dent Clin North Am. 2013 Jan;57(1):1-16. doi: 10.1016/j.cden.2012.09.002. Epub 2012 Oct 22.

Early childhood caries: risk-based disease prevention and management.

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Boston Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA. Manwai.ng@childrens.harvard.edu

Abstract

Early childhood caries (ECC), common in preschoolers, can lead to pain and infection if left untreated. Yet, ECC is largely preventable, and if it is identified early and the responsible risk factors are addressed, its progression can be halted or slowed. This article reviews the rationale for a first dental visit by age 1 year, caries risk assessment, and risk-based prevention and management of ECC and discusses strategies for providers to implement these contemporary evidence-based concepts into clinical practice.

PMID:
23174607
DOI:
10.1016/j.cden.2012.09.002
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