Presentation on theme: "A Collaborative Effort between Indian Health Service (IHS) and the IHS Head Start Program."— Presentation transcript:
A Collaborative Effort between Indian Health Service (IHS) and the IHS Head Start Program
Course Objectives 1. Describe Early Childhood Caries (ECC) 2. List two ways to prevent ECC. 3. Recognize the various stages of ECC. 4. Discuss the benefits of topical fluoride. 5. List the 5 steps to applying fluoride varnish. 6. Demonstrate the appropriate application of fluoride varnish. 7. List one key message for families to prevent ECC.
Why are Baby Teeth Important? Eating and nutrition Holding space for the permanent teeth Talking Smiling
What is Early Childhood Caries? ECC is the presence of any decayed, filled, or extracted (due to decay) teeth in the primary dentition (baby teeth). Involves infectious bacteria, often passed from mothers to babies. The teeth often decay very quickly.
Effects of ECC Pain Infection Higher risk of new cavities Missed school days and difficulty concentrating in school
What Causes ECC? Pathological Factors Bacterial biofilm Ingestion of simple carbohydrates Reduced salivary function TOOTH DECAY Protective Factors Fluoride Antibacterials Oral hygiene habits Flow and composition of saliva Structure of tooth minerals in each individual Dental Sealants NO TOOTH DECAY
Costs of ECC Traditional dental treatment is largely ineffective at reducing the bacteria that cause ECC. ECC can cost thousands of dollars to treat each child, even exceeding $8,000 when a child is hospitalized and treated under general anesthesia.
IHS DOH ECC Initiative Dental Programs CHR s Head Start Tribal Organizations WIC Medical and Public Health Programs
Fluoride Toothpaste Recommend cleaning the teeth daily with a small smear of fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth erupts. At three years of age, brush daily with a pea-size dab of fluoride toothpaste Topical Fluoride Recommendations for High-Risk Children. Development of Decision Support Matrix: Recommendations from MCHB Expert Panel, 2008
What is Fluoride Varnish? Highly concentrated topical fluoride treatment Can reverse white spot lesions. Safe for young children Easy to apply
Advantages of Fluoride Varnish Safe Easy to Apply Accepted by patients No special requirements
Research with AIAN children Medical staff applied during well-child visits. Children who received four or more application of varnish between the ages of 9-24 months of age had 35% reduced decayed surfaces over children who received none. Holve S, IHS Primary Care Provider, Oct 2006.
. Due to the high prevalence of dental caries, most AI/AN children can be considered high-risk for dental caries unless a dental professional has classified them differently
Who does What in AI/AN Communities? Age Staff Protocol 9-24 monthsMedical Staff 4 treatments 2-3 yearsCHRs, WIC, PHNs 3-4 treatments 3-5 yearsHead Start staff 3-4 treatments per year
Work together to prevent ECC! Fluoride varnish for every infant and child Dental screenings Parent education Caries Stabilization
Principles of Infection Control 1. Take action to stay healthy: wash hands or use an alcohol-based hand rub before and after applying varnish on each child. 2. Avoid contact with blood and body fluids: wear gloves. 3. Make items safe for use: use all disposable items. 4. Limit contamination: set up on a paper towel and dispose of all items after each application.
Applying Infection Control Principles Set Up Application Clean Up
Step 2: Oral Health Assessment Use the knee to knee position if you are working with babies and very young children. Children 3 and older can stand in front of you.
If you use a toothbrush… Show the caregivers how to brush Use the toothbrush as a mouth prop
Instructions for Course Completion After completing the course and receiving a score of at least 80% on the posttest, you will receive a certificate. After demonstrating application of fluoride varnish on a child in the appropriate age group, have a medical or dental health professional sign your certificate. Standing orders must be provided by a dentist or physician. Make sure he/she is licensed in the state you work in if you will be providing fluoride varnish treatments for non- native children.