AAPD Featured in Connecticut Magazine’s Article on Pediatric Dentistry

August 12, 2013 04:37 PM
Maria LaPiana authored a story on ‘the changing face of pediatric dentistry’ that quoted AAPD President Dr. Warren Brill, as well as AAPD members Drs. Scott A. Bialik and Steven D. Ureles.  "Today, a visit to a dentist who treats only children is far more common than even 10 years ago.  Their offices are bright and cheery, kid-friendly in every way. Whimsical murals adorn ceilings and walls, and colorful pint-sized chairs surround low tables filled with learning toys and storybooks.  As their numbers increase (there are more than 8,800 pediatric dentists in private practice in the U.S.) and parents learn more about the nuances of proper dental care for kids, visits sometimes start even before a single tooth has erupted."

Dr. Warren Brill, a pediatric dentist in Baltimore and president of the AAPD, says its members are "interested in giving every child the best possible start, and that means getting parents to understand the importance of proper care."

The first visit also helps to establish a relationship and comfort level that the dentist hopes will last. Just as the anatomy of children’s teeth is different from those of an adult, so too is the specialist’s manner of relating to his young patients. During a pediatric dentist’s two- to three-year residency, he or she is required to take seminars in childhood growth and development, as well as behavior management.

"We have to establish a means of communicating with every child, talk about things that interest them, get them to like and trust you," said Brill. "Dental students are taught to never lie to a child. Never tell them something won’t happen if there’s a chance it will."

To continue reading the article, please go to: http://www.connecticutmag.com/Connecticut-Magazine/August-2013/The-Changing-Face-of-Pediatric-Dentistry-in-Con​necticut/


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