Oral Health, Early Childhood

  • Tegwyn L. Hughes
  • Georgia G. Dela Cruz
  • R. Gary Rozier


In his report “Oral Health in America”, the US Surgeon General identified a “silent epidemic” of dental disease within the United States (US Department of Health and Human Services [USDHHS], 2000). Children in poor families bear a particularly heavy bürden, with many unable to achieve their füll potential because tooth decay and other dental diseases interfere with their well-being and functioning. Poor oral health is all the more tragic because safe, effective and low-cost preventive methods are available for use by the public, health Professionals and related groups. This entry reviews the scope of dental problems faced by children 0–5 years of age, the preventive methods available to address these problems, the evidence for their effectiveness, and recommendations for their use.


Oral Health Dental Caries Dental Care Pediatric Dentistry Dental Service 
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  • Tegwyn L. Hughes
  • Georgia G. Dela Cruz
  • R. Gary Rozier

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