Oral Health and Children
- 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.
Yet many children and their families have trouble accessing oral health care and pediatricians may not know where to turn to help them.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Oral Health (SOOH) and Chapter Oral Health Advocates provide education, training, and advocacy for pediatricians, dentists, other health professionals, and families.
The importance of improving children's oral health and strategies to do so are included in the Academic Pediatrics Special Issue on Children's Oral Health.
Together we can make a difference by improving communication and collaboration between the medical and dental homes and making pediatricians and other health professionals an essential part of the oral health team!
News and Highlights
- AAP Endorses the Oral Health: An Essential Component of Primary Care White Paper Published by Qualis Health
- Oral Health Opinions and Practices of Pediatricians: Updated Results From a National Survey
- USPSTF Recommendations: Prevention of Dental Caries in Young Children
- Become a Member of the AAP Section on Oral Health
- AAP/Bright Futures Oral Health Risk Assessment Tool