The Case for Infant Dental Care

Tooth decay, the silent health epidemic in young children

Tooth decay has become the single most chronic disease of childhood – seven times more common than hay fever, and five times more prevalent than asthma.

In a new study commissioned by the Early Childhood Investment Corporation, researchers for the University of Michigan looked at the oral health concerns of young children across the state and made some startling findings. 

For example:  Though the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends an initial dental visit occur before a child’s first birthday, few parents are aware of the protocol and few dentists practice it.

Read more about this significant health development for young children, 0-5, in the new Great Starts Here “Oral Health Issue” by clicking on the icon below.


Great Starts Here, Fall 2012
Oral Health Care for Young Children 0-5 Years: From Research to Recommendations
Statewide Press Release: Study finds families waiting too long for dental care
Oral Health Fact Sheet
2011 Check-Up on Oral Health, Michigan Oral Health Coalition
A United Voice for Oral Health: Final Report and Recommendations from the Michigan Access to Oral Health Care Work Group (August 2010)



Only 30 percent of parents surveyed reported that they knew the recommended age of a first dental visit is by age 1.
74 percent of dentists surveyed reported they were aware of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s recommendation that children begin dental care at age 1 or when the first tooth emerges. Only 36 percent reported that they recommend their own patients begin dental care by age 1.
Children covered by Medicaid have a significantly better chance of finding a dentist to treat them if they have Medicaid coverage under the Healthy Kids Dental program as opposed to traditional Medicaid. .
Today’s Standard of Care: The America Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all children begin routine dental care starting at age 1, or when the first tooth emerges.


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