Preventive dental care: An educational program to integrate oral care into pediatric oncology

Erin Hartnett, Barbara Krainovich-Miller

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BACKGROUND: Early childhood dental caries (dental cavities) is an infectious process. The development of oral problems during cancer care results in pain, fever, and delay in treatment. OBJECTIVES:The objective of this project was to integrate preventive oral care into pediatric oncology care. METHODS: This project consisted of an educational program for pediatric oncology providers who completed pre- and postprogram surveys assessing oral health knowledge, attitudes, and practice; attended an oral health education session; and performed oral assessment and fluoride varnish application on children during cancer treatment. FINDINGS: Three major outcomes resulted from this project: (a) 15 nondental healthcare providers attended the education session and 11 became certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics, (b) 53 pediatric patients with cancer received an oral assessment and fluoride varnish during the two-month project, and (c) oral health assessment and fluoride varnish was instituted as a standard of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)611-616
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017

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Preventive Medicine
Dental Care
Topical Fluorides
Oral Health
Pediatrics
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Mouth Neoplasms
Dental Caries
Standard of Care
Health Education
Health Personnel
Neoplasms
Tooth
Fever
Education
Pain
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Cavities
  • Childhood cancer
  • Dental caries
  • Fluoride varnish
  • Oral health
  • Pediatrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Oncology(nursing)

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Preventive dental care : An educational program to integrate oral care into pediatric oncology. / Hartnett, Erin; Krainovich-Miller, Barbara.

In: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, Vol. 21, No. 5, 01.10.2017, p. 611-616.

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Hartnett, Erin ; Krainovich-Miller, Barbara. / Preventive dental care : An educational program to integrate oral care into pediatric oncology. In: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. 2017 ; Vol. 21, No. 5. pp. 611-616.
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