The effective prevention of dental caries involves understanding the pathogenesis—the triad of teeth, bacteria, and sugar. Fortunately, the development of caries is almost completely preventable through improved nutrition, oral hygiene and regular dental care.
This presentation presents an in-depth discussion of each prevention method to guide oral health counseling and anticipatory guidance.
The PACT Oral Health Curriculum has been in use since 2007 by physicians in training at the medical school and residency levels, as well as those in clinical practice. The content has been used Pediatric, Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine physician training programs, as well as by Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Dentists and Dental Hygienists in training and clinical practice.
The AAP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AAP designates the PACT educational activity for a maximum of 11.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:
- Accurately counsel families on child oral hygiene practices.
- List nutrition practices that promote the formation of caries.
- List practices that decrease the transmission of bacteria to children and delay oral colonization.
- Recall the recommended timing for establishment of a dental home.
- Discuss the placement and benefits of dental sealants.
- Provide age-based oral health anticipatory guidance.
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The web-design of the PACT program was funded by the AAP Oral health Initiative, with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).
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