Children’s Dental Health in KY

by Laura Ellis on January 26, 2011

STATE OF AFFAIRS 01/26/11: In 2008, the CDC ranked Kentucky 2nd in the nation for poor oral heath. The consequences of inadequate dental care in children range from difficulties with eating and speaking to impaired learning and social abilities to lifelong health problems and vulnerability to infections. Several organizations in our state are fighting back with a variety of education and service programs. Join us as we talk with our guests about how to protect our children and keep their smiles bright.

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Eric in SouthEast KY January 26, 2011 at 1:56 pm

One Question I would have would be why pediatricians are not being involved more? We as parents walk through the growth stages and milestones with our pediatricians yet dental health is seldom mentioned.

Harold D. Lester, DMD January 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm

The recognition of dental problems by Pediatricians has been improving during the past 30 or so years. Most physicians receive relatively little training concerning dental disease. My experience over the past 40 years is that most physicians refer children with obvious dental problems to pediatric dentists. However, children should be referred for early exams by 1 year of age and, certainly no later than 2 years. All too often many children have preventable problems by the time of Kindergarten. Permanent teeth are usually erupting by 1st grade and should be sealed.

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