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Infant oral health education in U.S. dental school curricula.
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PMID:  11699163     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: This study was performed to determine didactic and clinical curricular content about infant oral health in predoctoral pediatric dentistry programs. METHODS: 54 dental school departments of pediatric dentistry were surveyed about: 1) curricular content devoted to teaching infant oral health (IOH) and age of first dental visit; 2) methods used to teach IOH and hours dedicated to each method; and 3) whether students receive hands-on experiences with infants. RESULTS: Eighty-six percent of programs teach students to see infants at 12 months of age or younger. Curricular time ranged from 15 minutes to 13 hours (mean = 2 hrs, 20 min, median = 1 hr, 45 min). All programs used lectures; other formats included handouts, demonstration and small group seminar. Fifty percent provide clinical experiences, albeit they are not uniform for all students. One-fourth provides uniform, clinical hands-on experiences with infant oral examinations. CONCLUSIONS: The findings indicate varying degrees of acceptance about teaching infant oral health in our dental schools.
A G McWhorter; N S Seale; S A King
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric dentistry     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0164-1263     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Dent     Publication Date:    2001 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-11-08     Completed Date:  2002-01-08     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7909102     Medline TA:  Pediatr Dent     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  407-9     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Education, Dental* / methods
Oral Health
Pediatric Dentistry / education*
Schools, Dental
United States

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