The Interprofessional Role in Dental Caries Management: Impact of the Nursing Profession in Early Childhood Caries

Dent Clin North Am. 2019 Oct;63(4):653-661. doi: 10.1016/j.cden.2019.05.002. Epub 2019 Jul 8.


Early childhood caries is a major unmet population health care need that negatively affects the overall health of children, especially those from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds and disadvantaged socioeconomic groups. Nurses and midwives who work with pregnant women to nurses and nurse practitioners who work with young children and their families have an opportunity to positively influence the health of these populations. Primary care settings are ideal for integrating oral health into the overall health care of children and adolescents. The nursing profession is well positioned to have a positive impact on oral health and, in so doing, their overall health.

Keywords: Caries; Caries management; Interprofessional; Midwifery; Nursing; Oral health; Pediatric.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dental Caries*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Oral Health
  • Pregnancy
  • Primary Health Care