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Pediatr Dent. 2008 Mar-Apr;30(2):147-53.

Infant oral health care: a survey of general dentists, pediatric dentists, and pediatricians in Virginia.

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Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA. thbrickhouse@vcu.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This study's purpose was to examine the current knowledge, attitudes, and experiences related to infant oral health for dental and medical providers in Virginia.

METHODS:

A survey of infant oral health care was sent to: (a) 300 randomly selected general dentists; (b) 300 randomly selected pediatricians; and (c) all pediatric dentists in Virginia. Survey respondents were tabulated, and percent frequency distributions for responses to each item were computed.

RESULTS:

The surveys return rate was 48%. A total of 100% of pediatric dentists treated infants and were more likely to recommend that children be seen by age 1 (P < .001). All pediatricians treated infants as well, while only 5% referred for the first dental visit by 1 year of age. Forty-five percent of general dentists surveyed treated infants, and only 12% referred for the first dental visit by 1 year of age. The logistic regression results indicated that there were differences between practitioner type regarding the recommended age of the first dental visit and years in practice.

CONCLUSIONS:

The majority of pediatricians and general dentists are not advising patients to see the dentist by 1 year of age. There is a need for increased infant oral health care education in the medical and dental communities.

PMID:
18481580
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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