There are a few organizations that set forth guidelines for dentists. The most well-known one is probably the American Dental Association. But there’s also the American Academy of Pediatrics. Both of these organizations provide education, training, and advocacy for pediatricians, dentists, other health professionals, and families.
The most important function of these organizations is improving children’s oral health and strategies.
Pediatricians, family physicians, and other primary care clinicians are well positioned to improve the oral health of children. They see infants and young children frequently in the early years of life when prevention is critical and lifelong habits are being established. Family medicine is America’s largest primary medical care specialty, with 105,000 family physicians providing care for over one third of America’s children particularly in rural and underserved areas. General pediatricians, numbering 45,000, care for a broad cross-section of children. By acquiring the skills to conduct oral exams, apply preventive strategies, counsel caregivers, and appropriately refer patients to dentists, primary care clinicians can help eliminate oral health disparities.
West Maple Dental Specialists follows the guidelines recommended by the ADA and AAP so that we can make a difference by improving communication and collaboration between ourselves and our patients. We work with many area pediatricians and other health professionals to create a strong oral health team!
- Early childhood caries (cavities) is the number 1 chronic disease affecting young children.
- Early childhood caries is 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever.
- Tooth pain keeps many children home from school or distracted from learning.
- Children are recommended to have their first dental visit by age 1.