AAPD President in Medscape Article on Primary Care Providers and Kids’ Oral Health

July 30, 2013 09:48 AM

On July 26, Laird Harrison with Medscape Medical News did a feature story telling pediatricians and pediatric nurses how best to meet their patients' oral health needs.

According to the article, infants and toddlers have fallen through a particularly worrisome hole in the system. Traditionally, dentists rarely saw children younger than 3 years of age. But by that age, many children already have serious problem with caries.  AAPD President Dr. Warren Brill, D.M.D., M.S., points out that eating a candy bar and washing it down with a glass of water could do less harm than sucking on a lollipop for an hour, even if the lollipop contained less sugar, because it would increase the length of time that sugar level is elevated in the mouth. "With any food that contains sugar, it's not how much you eat, but how often," he said.

Pediatric care providers can also play a role in referring patients to oral health providers, Brill says. For patients with financial resources who reside in big cities, finding a dental office is not likely to be difficult. But low-income patients and those living in remote areas can face big challenges. Brill recommends contacting local dental societies, state dental associations, and dental schools to find out about low-cost programs, and practitioners who accept Medicaid. Some public health clinics offer low-cost oral healthcare as well.

To read the article in its entirety, please go to http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/808212_3


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