New AAPD Campaign Featured in USA Today

March 3, 2014 04:29 PM
Michelle Healy, health and wellness reporter with USA Today, published a story in Q&A format with AAPD President Dr. Warren Brill.  The article notes that tooth decay in young children has reached epidemic proportions and underscores the need for a child to visit the dentist by age 1. The article also highlights AAPD’s dental hygiene recommendations for kids of all ages.

According to the article:

"Q: One of the points made in the new campaign is that early childhood tooth decay is a serious problem that can result in severe pain, infection and tooth loss even in toddlers. Is it increasing?

A: We're reaching epidemic proportions of a rapid form of tooth decay especially in younger children, often from disadvantaged backgrounds. We're seeing increases in the rate of what we call early childhood caries (ECC) or what use to be called baby bottle tooth decay. It develops most commonly with infants and toddlers when they are put to sleep with a bottle in their mouth, put to sleep nursing, or walk around with a sippy cup. That, combined with the fact that their teeth aren't being cleaned as carefully as they should, leads to this situation."

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