Is there a role for Minimally Invasive Treatment approaches in managing Early Childhood Caries?

Peter Arrow

University of Adelaide & University of Western Australia

The presentation will overview the findings from the  WA studies that tested use of the Atraumatic Restorative Treatment and the Hall Technique in the delivery of primary dental care to pre-school age children with ECC to reduce the need for dental general anaesthesia and the provision of services in remote Aboriginal communities. The pivotal role of the clinical team in patient/parent engagement and the delivery of child-centred care will be discussed.


Peter is a dental graduate of University of Western Australia and completed his postgraduate training in epidemiology in 1997. He is a registered dental public health specialist and a member of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and is on the Board of Studies with the RACDS in the specialty of dental public health. The majority of his professional career has been as a dental clinician, working in public dental services. He is engaged more fully in research for the past decade, initially with the University of Adelaide and now with Dental Health Services in WA and holds adjunct appointments at both the University of Adelaide and the University of Western Australia. His principal research interests are in the public health approaches to manage oral diseases in children, minimally invasive interventions in children, child oral health related quality of life, developmental defects of enamel, and in reducing the inequities in oral health between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the rest of Australia. He has won competitive grant funding to support his research and has published widely in his areas of research.