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Module 3: Prevention of Tooth Decay


Module 3 discusses health behaviors and preventive measures that can reduce the risk, severity, and impact of tooth decay in children. The module provides information about when a child should first visit the dentist. It also discusses fluorides (community fluoridated water, fluoridated toothpaste, fluoride varnish, silver diamine fluoride (SDF), fluoride supplements) and xylitol.

Learning Objectives

  • Indicate when a child should first visit a dentist, and why.
  • List three ways that fluoride protects teeth from developing tooth decay.
  • Describe what fluorosis looks like.
  • Explain what xylitol is.

Time Needed to Complete this Module

Approximately 20 minutes

mother brushing baby girl's teeth