Prevention of dental caries in children and young people
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Evidence and practice    

Prevention of dental caries in children and young people

Philippa Matthews Dental core trainee 3 in paediatric dentistry/oral and maxillofacial surgery, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To increase your awareness of the potential effects of dental caries on the health and well-being of children and young people

  • To read about evidence-based guidance on dental hygiene and prevention of dental caries in children and young people

  • To enhance your understanding of the nurse’s role in promoting oral health in children and young people and their families

Dental caries is a common but preventable oral disease which, if left untreated, can result in the development of an abscess or the death of a tooth. Dental caries can have a significant negative effect on the health and well-being of children and young people, so it is vital that they are supported to perform and maintain effective oral hygiene. This article describes how dental caries develop and the risks associated with the disease and outlines some evidence-based strategies for performing effective oral hygiene and maintaining oral health. The author also considers the role of the children’s nurse in various settings in promoting oral health and supporting children and families to perform and maintain effective oral hygiene.

Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2022.e1451

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

philippa.matthews3@nhs.net

Conflict of interest

None declared

Matthews P (2022) Prevention of dental caries in children and young people. Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2022.e1451

Published online: 07 November 2022

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