Optimizing the health of infants and children: their oral health counts!

J Pediatr Nurs. 2010 Aug;25(4):244-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2009.03.003. Epub 2009 Jul 15.


Tooth decay and poor oral health are the most common chronic health conditions in children in the United States today. This article discusses the significance of dental caries in children, the importance of oral health promotion, barriers to providing and obtaining oral health care, and current recommendations for practice. This article also recommends strategies for the promotion of optimal oral health in children and adolescents through screening, triaging, education, and tracking.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child Welfare*
  • Dental Care for Children
  • Dental Caries / diagnosis
  • Dental Caries / epidemiology
  • Dental Caries / prevention & control*
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Mass Screening
  • Oral Health*
  • Parents / education
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Pediatric Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration
  • Risk Factors
  • United States / epidemiology