Childhood Tooth Decay: An Epidemic With Solutions Rooted in Primary Care

Pediatric dentist Ray Stewart, DMD, MS, explores the reasons so many toddlers have cavities before their first dental visit, the condition’s impact on physical health, and longstanding barriers to fixing the problem. His antidotal plan emphasizes interprofessional education and collaboration, as well as preventive care, and he clarifies risk factors to help pediatricians identify patients needing referral.


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UCSF Pediatrics

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