Tooth decay remains the most common chronic disease of childhood and the most common cause of day surgeries in Canada. Children with untreated tooth decay can suffer from malnutrition, poor growth, and a reduced oral health related quality of life. Recent evidence suggests that children with FASD may be at a higher risk for dental caries and have greater overall treatment needs. We know that oral health is an integral component of our overall health and well-being, however, oral health care has long been separated from the general health care system and access to dental care remains a challenge.
In this webinar, we will review the oral health – systemic health connection, the oral health status and barriers to care for children with FASD, and innovations in public health dentistry that focus on an interdisciplinary approach to prevention of dental disease.