The American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentists and American Academy of Pediatrics all recommend dental visits by a child’s first birthday, but tooth decay is still the most common chronic childhood disease.
The importance of screenings, participatory guidance, early intervention, and medical/dental collaboration will be discussed at September 29 conference at the IU School of Dentistry.
Dr. Jeff Rector, a pediatric dentist from Muncie, chairs the IDA’s new Age-One Dental Visits Subcommittee and is on the planning committee for the event.
“A child’s first dental visit provides a foundation for prevention through education,” said Dr. Rector. “But many parents, physicians and dentists do not realize the importance of early visits. We hope this day-long workshop will help change that.”
The program is recommended for physicians, medical and dental health care specialists, dentists, hygienists, nurses, social workers and early childhood educators. More information, including a complete program and online registration, can be found here.