For more than 25 years, Glenn J. Marie, DDS, has served in the Staten Island, New York, area as a pediatric dentist. In conjunction with his dental career, Glenn J. Marie, DDS, maintains membership in the American Dental Association (ADA).
The ADA and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recently issued a joint reaffirmation of their recommendation of early-in-life dentist visits for children as a preventative measure against tooth decay. The two organizations renewed their guidance in response to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics that seemed to show a negligible benefit of preventative dental services for children.
The study’s authors, who admitted that the study’s scope was limited, used data from Alabama children who received preventative dental services through Medicaid. Critics believe the study is flawed because Medicaid data is often entered by people with different training and expertise, and preventative treatment often varies from one provider to the next. In light of these factors, the ADA and AAPD still advise parents to take their children to the dentist before their first birthday, given numerous other studies in recent years that support the benefit of early-life dental visits.