AAPD President Q&A with Contemporary Pediatrics

October 24, 2013 10:44 AM

Kevin Henry with Contemporary Pediatrics Magazine interviewed AAPD President Dr. Warren Brill about the disconnect between general pediatric care and dental care, and why it’s important to collaborate with physicians to improve the overall health of your pediatric patients. The interview was featured in their October edition of the magazine and includes an article titled, "Children’s Oral Health." The article mentions some surprising statistics, including the fact that 89 percent of children saw their primary care provider, but only 1.5 percent saw a dentist. Here’s a sample of the interview:

Henry: How does the AAPD see dentists and doctors working together when it comes to pediatric oral health?

Dr. Brill:
 Both pediatric dentists and pediatricians want our children to reach their maximum potential. This can be very difficult when a child is in pain due to dental disease, i.e., dental caries and abscesses.

It is important that pediatricians understand the importance of normal oral growth and development, proper home care techniques, dietary considerations, and, most importantly, the establishment of a dental home by age 1 or the eruption of the first tooth, whichever comes first.


To continue reading the Q&A, please visit http://www.dentalproductsreport.com/dental/article/collaboration-between-dentists-and-doctors-pediatric-oral-health-view-medical-magazin


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