Practices and opinions of pediatric and general dentists in Connecticut regarding the age 1 dental visit and dental care for children younger than 3 years old

Cristina L Santos, Joanna M Douglass
Pediatric Dentistry 2008, 30 (4): 348-51

PURPOSE: This study aimed to determine the percentage of general and pediatric dentists in Connecticut that were aware of, and practice, the current AAPD guidelines for the age one dental visit and to determine the services they provide to 0-2-yr-old patients.

METHODS: A survey was mailed to Connecticut general and pediatric dentists seeking information on practice type, years in practice, training, ages of children seen, procedures performed and opinions regarding the age one dental visit.

RESULTS: The response rate was 42% for general dentists and 84% for pediatric dentists, giving a sample of 113 and 60 dentists, respectively. All responding pediatric dentists reported seeing 0-2-yr-olds as compared to 42% of general dentists. Although not statistically significant, general dentists who were female or in practice less than 10 years were more likely to see 0-2-yr-olds. The majority of pediatric dentists reported performing all procedures surveyed, however, only just over half of general dentists provided topical fluoride or restorative care. Among pediatric dentists, 98% were aware of the AAPD guidelines and 92% agreed with them compared to 41% and 45% of general dentists respectively.

CONCLUSIONS: Nearly all Connecticut pediatric dentists are caring for 0-2-yr-olds compared to 42% of Connecticut general dentists.

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