The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
(AAPD) affirms that the use of fluoride as an adjunct in the prevention of
caries is safe and effective. The AAPD encourages dentist and other health care
providers, public health officials, and parents/ caregivers to optimize fluoride
exposures to reduce the risk for caries and to enhance the remineralization of
affected tooth structures.
The AAPD recommends;
ALL THAT SAID ABOUT FLUORIDE, IF PARENTS STILL DON'T WANT FLUORIDE, THEN WE DO NOT USE FLUORIDE!
The term dental prophylaxis encompasses several
techniques that are used by dental personnel to professionally remove plaque,
stain, and calculus from patients’ teeth. Often, the toothbrush coronal polish
(i.e., toothbrush and toothpaste) is a procedure that is used to remove plaque
from tooth surfaces and demonstrate brushing techniques to caregivers for young
children and for patients with special needs who cannot tolerate the use of a
rubber cup. The rubber cup coronal polish is a procedure in which a
dental polishing paste is applied to tooth surfaces with a rotary rubber cup or
rotary bristle brush to remove plaque and stains from teeth.
Professional prophylaxis is indicated to: Instruct the caregiver and child or
adolescent in proper oral hygiene techniques. Remove dental plaque, extrinsic
stain, and calculus deposits from the teeth. Facilitate the examination of hard
and soft tissues. Introduce dental procedures to the young child and apprehensive
A patient’s risk for caries/periodontal disease helps determine the interval
for recall. Those who exhibit higher risks should have recall visits more
frequently than every six months.
Dental caries, periodontal disease, dentoalveolar trauma, and other pathological orofacial conditions, left untreated, can limit substantially a child’s development and quality of life. Therefore, a child should be considered to have a dental disability if orofacial pain, infection, or pathological condition and/or lack of functional dentition affect nutritional intake, growth and development, or participation in life activities.
Dental caries, periodontal diseases, and other
oral conditions, if left untreated, can lead to pain, infection, and loss of
function. These undesirable outcomes can adversely affect learning,
communication, nutrition, and other activities necessary for normal growth and
development. Dental neglect is willful failure of parent or guardian to seek
and follow through with treatment necessary to ensure a level of oral heath
essential for adequate function and freedom from pain and infection.
According to American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, parents should take their kids from the age of one year old to a Children dentist. The dental Office to Home Care is the ongoing relationship between the dentist, the patient and the patient's parents or family, inclusive of all aspects of oral health care delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way. The dental home should be established no later than 12 months of age to help children and their families institute a lifetime of good oral health. A dental office to home care addresses anticipatory guidance and preventive, acute, and comprehensive oral health care and if necessary it even includes referral to other dental specialists when appropriate.