Programa piloto de salud oral, dirigido a niños y niñas 1 a 5 años de edad, matriculados en los jardines infantiles, La Pradera I, Gasparin y Caritas Felices del barrio el Codito, Bogotá, Colombia
Objective: To establish a pilot oral health program for children between 1 and 5 years of age, with primary dentition, enrolled in three Pradera I, Gasparin and Caritas feliz kindergartens, in the El Codito neighborhood in the city of Bogotá. Scope: The pilot program in oral health was aimed at designing educational strategies for the prevention of early childhood caries (ECC). Its purpose is for parents and caregivers to acquire knowledge and become aware of oral health diseases that to the boys and girls of three kindergartens. Definition of pilot program: during the implementation of the program, a pilot study was carried out with children between 1 and 5 years of age, in order to seek strategies for the prevention of early childhood caries (ECC). During the implementation of the program, educational workshops with the mothers, the minors underwent a clinical evaluation, in order to analyze the oral condition and the bacterial plaque index, in the preventive part, each child underwent topical application of fluoride varnish, the evaluation The clinic was carried out by a general dentist and the activities were carried out in each of the kindergartens. Conclusions: The knowledge that parents and/or caregivers have about the oral health problem that affects children of the three kindergartens, the practices and resources that can be used to prevent them, is essential, it is essential that parents become aware about the importance of preserving their children's temporary teeth, that they have good oral hygiene, good eating habits, that they know the consequences of early childhood caries. For this reason, the knowledge and daily practices that parents and/or caregivers have about the oral health of minors is essential, since it is adults who directly or indirectly teach minors healthy habits and behaviors.