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Early Childhood Oral Health

ISBN: 978-0-8138-1894-8
320 pages
September 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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In 2000, the US Surgeon General announced that dental caries is a "silent epidemic" and the most prevalent disease affecting children. Though much has been written on the science and practice of managing this disease, publications are diverse in their loci preventing easy access to the reader. Early Childhood Oral Health coalesces all important information related to this important topic in a comprehensive reference for students, academics, and practioners. In addition to the latest information about preventing childhood caries, other topics include public health approaches to managing caries worldwide, implementation of new prevention programs, fluoride regimens, and new technologies in caries risk assessment. A must-read for pediatric dentists, cariologists,public health dentists, and students in these fields, Early Childhood Oral Health is also relevant for pediatricians and pediatric nursing specialists worldwide.
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Table of Contents


Contributor List.

1 Introduction—Why this Book? (Joel H. Berg).

2 Early Childhood Caries: Definition and Epidemiology (Burton L. Edelstein, Courtney H. Chinn, and Robert J. Laughlin).

3 Managing caries: Obtaining arrest (Kevin J. Donly).

4 Use of fluoride (Norman Tinanoff).

5 Examination of infants and toddlers (Adriana Segura).

6 Anticipatory guidance (Paul S. Casamassimo and Arthur J. Nowak).

7 The dental home (Arthur J. Nowak and Paul S. Casamassimo).

8 Caries-risk assessment (Rocio Quinonez and James J. Crall).

9 Family oral health education (Tegwyn H. Brickhouse).

10 Community programs and oral health (Jessica Y. Lee).

11 The total health team: Working together to improve children’s health (Wendy E. Mouradian and Russell Maier).

12 Building an infant- and toddler-friendly practice (David K. Curtis).

13 Future directions (Rebecca L. Slayton).


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Author Information

Joel Berg is Lloyd and Kay Chapman Chair in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has established the Center for Early Childhood Oral Health (ECOH), which brings together experts from various fields who are collectively devoted to improving oral health in children. The University of Washington is also home to Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD), a program internationally recognized for its advances in early childhood oral health.

Rebecca L. Slayton is Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentisry at the University of Iowa where she teaches both pre-doctoral students and pediatric dentistry residents in the clinic and classroom.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • Coalesces information on early childhood oral health into one accessible source
  • Detailed discussion of early childhood caries
  • Full discussion of other factors affecting pediatric oral health
  • Fuses impressive scholarship with clinical pragmatism
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