Health Care Professionals
This page contains links to scientific and evidence based practices information about oral health promotion among children and their families.
Fluoride and Caries Prevention
Topical Fluoride for Caries Prevention
Only 2.26% fluoride varnish is recommended for children younger than six-years old. A panel of experts presented evidence-based clinical recommendations on professionally-applied, prescription-strength, and home-use topical fluoride agents for caries prevention.
Fluoridation of community water supplies is the single most effective public health measure to prevent dental decay. Fluoridation Facts By American Dental Association contains answers to frequently asked questions regarding community water fluoridation. Fluoridation Facts contains answers to frequently asked questions regarding community water fluoridation.
Prescription of Fluoride Supplements
Clinicians should judiciously prescribe fluoride supplements after consideration of the child’s total fluoride intake. In 2011, the ADA made evidence-based clinical recommendations on the prescription of dietary fluoride supplements for caries prevention.
American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs
Use of Fluoridated Toothpaste among Children
Parents should brush their children’s teeth with fluoridated toothpaste as soon as the first tooth comes in. The new 2014 ADA guideline expands on the use of fluoridated toothpaste for young children.
American Dental Association
Reconstituted Infant Formula and Enamel Fluorosis
Does fluoride from reconstituted infant formula add to the chance of developing fluorosis?
Fluoride Research and Fluoridation Studies
Reputable health and research organizations, such a the National Cancer Institute and the CDC, share their findings on community water fluoridation.
Non-Fluoride Caries Prevention
Non-Fluoride Caries Prevention
Non-fluoride agents may serve as adjunctive therapeutics for preventing, arresting or even reversing dental caries. These agents include, but are not limited to, sucrose-free polyol chewing gums, xylitol dentifrices, chlorhexidine alone or in combination with thymol, calcium-containing agents, phosphate-containing agents, casein derivatives, sialogogues, iodine, and triclosan.
American Dental Association Center for Evidence Based Dentistry
Early Childhood Caries Resource Center
A centralized clearing house with cutting-edge information about early childhood caries with the goal of promoting collaborative strategies that help eradicate this most common disease of childhood.
Prenatal Oral Health Care
Safety of Dental Care during Pregnancy
There is no evidence relating early spontaneous abortion to first trimester oral health care or dental procedures.
Evidence Based Guidelines by the California Dental Association Foundation
Oral Health Care Integral to Prenatal Care
Oral health education and access to prevention and treatment services are essential for the overall health of pregnant women and their babies.
A Brief by the Center for Oral Health
Oral Health Care during Pregnancy
Health professionals need to ensure that pregnant women receive proper and needed oral health care.
National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, Georgetown University
Oral Health Education Materials
Help Families Make Healthy Choices
Access these free educational materials for your community outreach efforts. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Pediatric Oral Health Education Materials
Provide families with important information about children’s oral health.
Inter-Professional Oral Health Education
National Inter-Professional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH)
Join this consortium of funders and health professionals whose vision is to eradicate dental disease. The NIIOH is a systems-change initiative focused on the education and training systems that support primary care clinicians from various disciplines. NIIOH
Oral Health Training for Pediatricians
An online training to connect dentists and pediatricians, and help them work as a team.
American Academy of Pediatrics
The need for culturally competent oral health professionals is growing. Think Cultural Health provides basic knowledge and skills related to cultural and linguistic competency.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
ChooseMyPlate provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators and the food industry about how to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Teething is normal part of childhood that can be treated without prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications. The FDA published a warning for parents on these medications. U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The ADA has an updated list of findings on the effects of amalgam on people, and have concluded that they are safe.
Epidemiology and Public Health Data Source:
- Oral Health Baseline Needs Assessment of Disadvantaged Children: The 2010 First 5 LA Report in LA County 2010: 44% of disadvantaged children in Los Angeles County have frank dental cavities and another 29% have only early evidence of dental caries (white spot lesions). Read more
First 5 LA
- LA County Public Health Resources and Information on Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health “MCAH”