About this Research Topic
Pediatric Oral Health
Pediatric oral health is an integral part of general health. Oral health affects a child's ability to eat, speak and socialize. The distribution and severity of oral diseases vary among different parts of the world and even within the same country or region. Despite great achievements in access to dental public health in most populations, around half a billion children worldwide still suffer from oral health issues like dental caries, periodontal diseases, edentulousness, orofacial trauma and infections, as well as malocclusion. These often-overlooked diseases may significantly impair their overall quality of life, and to an extent affect their growth and development.
Given the breadth and severity of the issue, oral diseases should be regarded as a public health concern as their individual and community impact are considerable. From a burden of disease and public health perspective, the treatment of pediatric oral diseases is extremely costly. It is the fourth most expensive disease to treat in high-income countries. In low-income countries, the cost of treating pediatric dental caries alone would exceed the total health care budget for children.
This Research Topic will focus on pediatric oral health issues, emphasizing aspects on prevention and treatment explored through scientific evidence. Original research and review articles dealing with oral health challenges, prevention and treatment in pediatric patients are encouraged. In particular, we welcome articles dealing with, but not limited to, the following themes:
1. Preventive aspects in pediatric dentistry
2. Management of developmental disturbances
3. Traumatic injuries to teeth
4. Preventive to interceptive orthodontics
5. Management of dental caries in children
6. Special care dentistry, dental health in children with special needs
Keywords: dental caries, early childhood caries, dietary habits, oral health, pediatric oral health, infant feeding, Traumatic injuries
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