Early Childhood Caries: Understanding and Preventing the Disease
The Surgeon General has called dental and oral diseases America's silent epidemic.Young children can acquire an oral disease called Early Childhood Caries (ECC). ECC is the most common infectious disease of childhood and it is increasing in the United States. ECC is associated with facial and oral infections,hospitalization and emergency department visits,new carious lesions, risk for delayed physical growth and development, lost school days, and diminished ability to learn.
Pediatricians should play a central role in oral healthcare and preventing ECC. However, pediatricians receive very little oral health education during medical school and residency. This course will give pediatricians the knowledge needed to educate parents and assess children regarding ECC.
Pediatricians report receiving only 1-4 hours of oral health education during medical school and residency. Additionally,research suggests that lack of training may serve as a barrier to pediatricians' involvement in their patient's oral healthcare.A fundamental gap exists between the oral health knowledge a pediatrician has and what is required to educate parents and assess children regarding ECC.
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 1.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.
Medical providers (and other staff) at pediatric and family medicine clinics
- Minimize the infection associated with ECC by understanding the pathophysiology of the carious process, the bacteria that cause ECC and the route of infectivity.
- Administer a caries risk assessment.
- Perform oral health anticipatory guidance.
- Perform clinical interventions for oral health.
- Refer for treatment by understanding the clinical stages of ECC.
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Activity Director & Presenter –
Clifford R. Hartmann D.D.S.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
- 1.00 Hours of ParticipationHours of Participation credit.