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J Korean Acad Pediatr Dent. 2009;36(3): 448-455.
Tae-Joon Ju Tae-Joon Ju, Ho-Won Park Ho-Won Park, Ju-Hyun Lee Ju-Hyun Lee, Hyun-Woo Seo Hyun-Woo Seo
Department of pediatric dentistry, College of dentistry, Kangnung-Wonju national university
Corresponding Author: Ho-Won Park Ho-Won Park ,Tel: 033-640-3158, Email: pedo@kangnung.ac.kr
Received: March 19, 2009;  Accepted: July 21, 2009.
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For prevention of ECC, the Korean Academy Of Pediatric Dentistry(KAPD) advocate that Children should be seen as early as 6 months of age after the first tooth erupts, or 12 months of age. Pediatrics have increased access to new mothers and children 6 to 12 months while dentists does not see young children unless there are urgent problems. Therefore, they have an opportunity to impact infant oral health care. This study's purpose was to examine pediatricians' awareness and experience about infant oral health care. For the study, we surveyed of 150 pediatricians in korea. The survey comprised 10 questions related to infant oral health care and the recommended age a child go for their first dental visit. The results were as follows: 1. Most respondents had been referred children to a dentist for treating ECC and more than half of respondents reported that they did not do oral examination in their practice. 2. The majority of surveyed pediatricians are not advising patients to see the dentist by 1 year of age. 3. The surveyed pediatrician's awareness of infant oral health care is insufficient. The oral health education should be reinforced. 4. There is a need for increased infant oral health care education in the medical and dental communities.
Keywords: Infant oral health care | Age of first dental visit | Early childhood caries(ECC)
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