Recently, much research has focused on groups that experience disparities in dental care, including low-income families and indigenous populations in the U.S. and Canada. In order to address these problems the American Academy of Pediatrics and Canadian Pediatrics Society released a statement on how dental and healthcare providers can help treat early childhood dental caries in indigenous groups.
A recent article published by the American Dental Association reported several of these recommendations, such as using regular well-child visits to educate indigenous parents on how to care for their child's teeth. Also, some remote areas of the country do not have access to fluoridated water supplies, so it may be beneficial to encourage the use of fluoride-containing toothpastes.
In addition, the health organizations said that it is important for pregnant indigenous women to undergo dental screenings so that they can be referred to a dentist if needed, the news provider explained.
"The influence of early childhood caries on overall childhood health and well-being goes well beyond the mouth, and many of our indigenous children have not benefited fully from the many advances to improve oral health in North American children," said James Irvine, M.D., co-author of the statement, quoted by the ADA.
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