Basic Techniques for Management of the Infant and Toddler Dental Patient
COURSE NUMBER: 54
Steven Schwartz, DDS; LaQuia A. Vinson, DDS, MPH
The purpose of this course is to discuss the benefits of introducing young patients into your practice early, provide the learner with simple tools and tips to have the best possible outcomes when working with young children, and how to per...
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The purpose of this course is to discuss the benefits of introducing young patients into your practice early, provide the learner with simple tools and tips to have the best possible outcomes when working with young children, and how to perform an oral examination on a young patient.
Even though the prevalence of dental caries in children has remained the same over the last three decades, there are still only a limited number of pediatric dentists available in the United States to treat young children. Introducing the pediatric dental patient during infancy and the toddler stage to the dental office setting can have a mutual benefit for the child, parent, and dentist. Behavior guidance techniques such as tell-show-do and distraction are used to alleviate anxiety, nurture a positive dental attitude, and perform quality oral health care safely and efficiently. Early examination can uncover potential problems, thereby reducing future negative consequences of delayed intervention. Informing parents of the advantages of early dental care for their child is the most effective marketing strategy.
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Date Course Online:
Feb 25, 2004
Last Revision Date:
Apr 9, 2020
Course Expiration Date:
Apr 8, 2023
AGD Subject Code(s):
Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to describe:
- Benefits of early dental intervention.
- Treatment goals of early intervention.
- Child development.
- Behavior modification techniques to gain patient cooperation.
- Positioning techniques for examination of the infant and toddler.
- Detailed scripts for introducing the toddler patient to the dental environment.
- Examination protocols for the infant and toddler patient.
- Marketing strategies.
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- Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice. Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.
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