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Every year, 19,000 children under the age of six undergo pediatric dental surgery to treat early childhood caries (ECC) in Canada. This presentation will briefly review the oral health status of Canadian preschoolers and will review key findings from the recent Canadian Institute for Health Information report “Treatment of Preventable Dental Cavities in Preschoolers: A Focus on Day Surgery under General Anesthesia.” Recommendations for promoting the oral health of young children and strategies to reduce the risk for ECC will also be discussed.
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Presenter: Robert Schroth
Robert Schroth is an associate professor in the Departments of Preventive Dental Science (College of Dentistry) and Pediatrics and Child Health (College of Medicine) in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. He is also a research scientist at the Manitoba Institute of Child Health. His research focuses on infant and preschool oral health and the epidemiology of early childhood caries. He co-leads the Healthy Smile Happy Child initiative in Manitoba and provides clinical dental care at two inner city clinics in Winnipeg, Mount Carmel Clinic and Access Downtown.
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