AAPD President Dr. Joel Berg was quoted in the below article regarding a study from the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine about how physicians are using the well-baby visits to do oral inspection, apply fluoride varnish, counsel parents and refer to dentists when needed.
"It's a very positive thing," Joel Berg, DDS, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry, Seattle, told Medscape Medical News. Dr. Berg, who was not involved in the study, has been following the success of the North Carolina program almost since its start in 2000. "The reality is, pediatricians and family physicians see these children much more often than dentists do during the first 3 years of life."
The study shows "[w]e're going in the right direction," Dr. Berg said, but it is a direction that needs to be bolstered by more training. "In medical school and residencies, [physicians] don't get as much training on teeth. We're looking at ways to improve that. We want to raise the bar on physician ability to assess disease."
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