The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD):
- Found that the consequences of caries (i.e. dental decay) often include a higher risk of new carious lesions in both the primary and permanent dentitions, hospitalizations and emergency room visits, high treatment costs, loss of school days, diminished ability to learn and diminished oral health-related quality of life.
- Encourages the brushing of teeth with appropriate amounts of fluoride toothpaste (e.g., no more than a smear or rice-sized amount for children less than three years of age; no more than a pea-sized amount for children aged three to six) twice daily for all children.
- Encourages the application of professional fluoride treatments for all children at risk for dental caries.
- Supports the delegation of fluoride application to auxiliary dental personnel or other trained allied health professionals by prescription or order of a dentist after a comprehensive oral examination or by a physician after a dental screening has been performed.
- Recognizes that drinking fluoridated water and brushing with fluoridated toothpaste at least daily are perhaps the most effective method in reducing dental caries in children.
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