The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) hopes to help take children’s dental health another step in the right direction by opening a new Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center.
In the midst of Children’s Dental Health Month, this new center could help advance oral health for kids via policy reform, research and dental education for the public.
Dental Policies for Children
One of the main issues that prompted this new center is that many dentists thought that policies regarding oral health for kids didn’t undergo scrutiny before passing and were often too broad to effectively address the needs of specific populations.
Some of the focus areas include these initiatives:
- Increase the effectiveness of efforts toward oral health literacy
- Develop Medicaid dental reforms that will actually help dentistry
- Encourage families to begin taking children to the dentist at an early age to establish healthy habits
- Assist both state and federal policymakers in creating policies to improve oral health
- Examine the effectiveness of potential and current laws regarding the function of dental assistants
Visit the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry for more information about the policy center.
What Can I Do Now?
The Center will be working on new ways to inform parents and children on how to take care of their teeth as well as new policies to make it easier to take your kids to the dentist. In the meantime, though, how can you instill healthy values in your child?
Go to the Dentist
Even if your child resists going to the dentist, it’s important to stand firm and take them anyway. The only way to build a habit is by doing it, and whether they like it or not, it’s a necessary step in taking care of your child.
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Make it Fun
They may not want to eat their vegetables, but they should eat them anyway because of the health benefits. Dental health is the same way. Eventually, with some encouragement, it may even become fun! This blog post on resources lists several helpful ideas for instilling good oral health – and making it fun in the process!
Be an Example
If you lead by example, it can make a strong impression on your children. If dental health is something you value, they will see that it’s important and necessary. If you don’t take care of your own teeth, however, then why would they be motivated to take care of their own?