Good oral health is essential for our general health and wellbeing. Early childhood is the best time for children to learn habits which will last a life time and help them become healthy adults. Baby teeth are important for eating, talking and how children look. Baby teeth help shape the jaw and face and keep space for adult teeth to come through.
Dental decay in young children is a serious chronic disease that can start as soon as the first tooth comes through the gum. Dental decay starts as small white spots or lines that can slowly become larger, turning yellow or brown and leading to large holes. If decay is not treated it may lead to infection, pain and swelling and eventually to early tooth loss. Children with dental decay may have pain causing them to have trouble eating, sleeping, talking and concentrating. It can be a serious condition that often requires time in hospital.
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Early Childhood Oral Health - eLearning training What Child Health Professionals need to know.
This course is suitable for medical and dental practitioners, nurses, midwives, Aboriginal health workers, allied health professionals and childcare workers. Four online learning modules have been developed to increase your confidence, knowledge and skills to help deliver better oral health outcomes for children.
Early Childhood Oral Health Guidelines provide support material for child health professionals about oral health.
Promoting Oral Health in Early Childhood supports child health professionals such as Child and Family Health Nurses, general practitioners, practice nurses and Aboriginal health workers to effectively perform their critical role in identifying, preventing and managing early childhood caries.