Knowledge of Infant and Toddler Oral Health of Pediatricians and Pediatric Nurses in Michigan

Oueis, Hassan, and Zainab Mackie

Dental caries is the most common chronic disease affecting children today. Infant and toddler oral health promotion in physicians‟ offices can improve children‟s oral health. The purpose of this study was to evaluate infant and toddler oral health knowledge of pediatric nurses and pediatricians in Michigan. Methods: A questionnaire was sent to pediatric nurses and pediatricians. The survey included 21 items on knowledge and practices of infant oral health. Results: 31 nurses and 14 pediatricians responded to the survey. The results showed that the majority of respondents rarely counsel parents on oral health, only 1% use CAT (tool to assist caries risk), the majority do not have brochures regarding oral health in their offices, and in the last 5 years, less that 10% of respondents have attended continuing education courses on infant oral health. Infant oral health education programs are needed and can improve pediatric nurses and pediatricians‟ knowledge and practices in Michigan.