How nutrition can support a child’s health

Nutrition and healthy dietary patterns play a key role in a child’s long-term oral health. Parents and caregivers generally understand that sugar in the diet contributes to caries, yet they are not aware that nutrient-dense dietary patterns help to support a child’s oral health. (3 credits)

Nutrition and healthy dietary patterns play a key role in a child’s long-term oral health. Parents and caregivers generally understand that sugar in the diet contributes to caries, yet they are not aware that nutrient-dense dietary patterns help to support a child’s oral health. Additionally, there is much confusion surrounding the association between ultraprocessed foods, sugar-sweetened beverages, and dental caries in children and adolescents. This course will cover the evidence-based research surrounding the impact of healthy eating habits on the oral health of the infant, child, and adolescent.

Educational objectives

After completing this course, the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss the synergistic relationship between the child’s diet and oral health
  • Formulate how to address the nutritional needs of the pediatric dental patient
  • Explain the emerging body of science supporting the association of a healthy eating pattern to preventing oral disease in childhood
  • Discuss the current evidence-based nutrition recommendations for children and adolescents that can be integrated into individualized, comprehensive oral health care messages

About the Authors

Ellen Karlin, MMSc, RDN, LDN, FADA, is a registered dietitian in private practice who worked as a nutrition consultant to dentists in Maryland for over three decades. Ellen is a spokesperson for the American Dairy Association North East and a nationally recognized speaker. She has authored and
coauthored numerous journal articles including “Dental and oral considerations in pediatric celiac disease,” published in the Journal of Dentistry for Children. Ellen is the coauthor of several dental online continuing education courses.

Sara Karlin, DDS, is a board-certified pediatric dentist working as adjunct faculty at Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health and in private practice in Phoenix. She is a nationally invited speaker and the primary author of “Dental and oral considerations in pediatric celiac disease,” published in the Journal of Dentistry for Children. Dr. Karlin is coauthor of a variety of online continuing education courses for oral health-care professionals.

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$39.00

Course Includes

  • 1 Lesson
  • 1 Test
  • Course Certificate
  • 3 CE credit(s)

    This continuing education (CE) activity was developed by Endeavor Business Media with no commercial support.

    This course was written for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants, from novice to skilled.

    Educational methods: This course is a self-instructional journal and web activity.

    Provider disclosure: Endeavor Business Media neither has a leadership position nor a commercial interest in any products or services discussed or shared in this educational activity. No manufacturer or third party had any input in the development of the course content.

    Requirements for successful completion: To obtain 3 CE credits for this educational activity, you must pay the required fee, review the material, complete the course evaluation, and obtain an exam score of 70% or higher.

    CE planner disclosure: Laura Winfield, Endeavor Business Media dental group CE coordinator, neither has a leadership nor commercial interest with the products or services discussed in this educational activity. Ms. Winfield can be reached at lwinfield@endeavorb2b.com.

    Educational disclaimer: Completing a single continuing education course does not provide enough information to result in the participant being an expert in the field related to the course topic. It is a combination of many educational courses and clinical experience that allows the participant to develop skills and expertise.

    Image authenticity statement: The images in this educational activity have not been altered.

    Scientific integrity statement: Information shared in this CE course is developed from clinical research and represents the most current information available from evidence-based dentistry.

    Known benefits and limitations of the data: The information presented in this educational activity is derived from the data and information contained in the reference section.

    Registration: The cost of this CE course is $39.00 for 3 CE credits.

    Cancellation and refund policy: Any participant who is not 100% satisfied with this course can request a full refund by contacting Endeavor Business Media in writing.

    Provider information:

    Dental Board of California: Provider RP5933. Course registration number CA code: 03-5933-22233. Expires January 2027. “This course meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for 3 units of continuing education.”

    PACE

    Endeavor Business Media is a nationally approved PACE program provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.
    Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement.
    11/1/2022 to 10/31/2024.
    Provider ID# 320452
    AGD code: 430

    AADH

    Endeavor Business Media is designated as an approved Provider by the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Inc. #AADHPNW (January 1, 2022–December 31, 2024). Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial Board of Dentistry. Licensee should maintain this document in the event of an audit. AADH code: AADHEBM-200-7-2024-3

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