Kathy Kincade with DrBicuspid.com interviewed AAPD President, Dr. Rhea M. Haugseth (Ga.) about her active role and leadership at AAPD as part of their ongoing “Leaders in Dentistry” section of their website. Haugseth spoke with Kincade about the alarming rise in tooth decay, the potential impact of the new healthcare reform law on pediatric dentistry, as well as the need for more pediatric dentists in the U.S.
“The reason more pediatric dentists are needed is that the 25% of kids with the 80% of decay have the highest rate of decay and the most complex treatment needs. In the current proposed workforce models, we don't see that they will be effective in bringing quality care to these children. Many of the treatments have to be done under sedation or in an operating room under general anesthesia. So we need more pediatric dentists to be able to provide the restorative treatment in these children who have this high rate of decay.”
Haugseth’s interview was posted to the site on October 10, 2011. To continue reading the complete article, visit