Pediatric Prevention: Oral Health Care

Sara Kupzyk, Keith D. Allen

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Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive preventative care, require fewer dental treatments, and are less likely to have dental disease. Many children demonstrate behavior management concerns that may impede families from establishing a dental home for their children. Conceptually, behavior concerns develop through a process of conditioning. Prevention of such problems should focus on providing positive experiences related to dental care. Treatment components to address behavior management concerns include graduated exposure, contingent reinforcement, modeling and prompting, distraction/relaxation, and cognitive behavior therapy. Further support, training, and reimbursement for time required to administer such treatment is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)513-524
Number of pages12
JournalPediatric clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2020


  • Anxiety/fear
  • Dental care
  • Oral health care
  • Treatment of behavioral concerns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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