Interventions with Pregnant Women, New Mothers and Other Primary Caregivers for Preventing Early Childhood Caries

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Systematic Review

Source: The Cochrane Collaborative

Last Reviewed: November 2019

Workgroups: Oral Health Workgroup

In this Cochrane systemic review, the Cochrane Collaborative found that providing advice on diet and feeding to caregivers with children up to the age of 1 year probably leads to a slightly reduced risk of tooth decay in their children. Researchers observed this effect up to the age of 6 when compared to usual care. They also compared usual care with other oral health education interventions and treatments to reduce bacteria in mothers’ mouths. There’s insufficient evidence to conclude that these interventions and treatments significantly reduce the risk of tooth decay in children. 

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Riggs,  E., Kilpatrick,  N., Slack‐Smith,  L., Chadwick,  B., Yelland,  J., Muthu,  M. S., & Gomersall,  J. C. (2016). Interventions with pregnant women, new mothers and other primary caregivers for preventing early childhood caries. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2019 (11). DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012155.pub2