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Rates of dental caries, especially among young children, remain extremely high for such a burdensome preventable disease. Caries are the most frequent chronic disease of childhood, and the number one cause of day surgeries and emergency room visits for children under five. Preventive strategies incorporate home, community, and health sector interventions. The biannual application of fluoride varnish by primary care providers is one intervention. Fluoride varnish applications, starting at tooth eruption and ending at age 5, have shown significant population level benefits in decreasing decay rates. Niagara Region Public Health has piloted such a program and found it easy to incorporate into primary care practice with public health department support. Dr. Feller will discuss the experience of Niagara Region Public Health and lessons learned.
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Presenter: Dr. Andrea Feller
Dr. Feller is board-certified in both paediatrics and preventive medicine. She joined the Niagara Region Public Health department as Associate Medical Officer of Health (AMOH) in August 2006. As AMOH, she concentrates her efforts in the areas of chronic disease and injury prevention and family health. She co-chairs the Healthy Human Development table (HHD), the Low Income Dental Integration Implementation Technical Advisory Committee (LIDI-ITAC) and the Public Health Early Years group (PHEY).
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