Pediatrician's role in children's oral health: an Indiana survey

Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2010 Jan;49(1):12-9. doi: 10.1177/0009922809343718. Epub 2009 Sep 10.


Objectives: To evaluate Indiana pediatricians' current practices related to oral health, knowledge of oral health prevention, and opinions on anticipatory guidance integration into their practices.

Background: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) May 2003 policy statement on oral health risk assessment timing and establishment of a dental home has provided pediatricians with guidelines to assess patients' oral health and caries risk status.

Methods: A survey of 31 questions was distributed via mail to all active Indiana pediatricians (300) registered in the Indiana State Medical Association to evaluate current practices relating to oral health prevention and guidance.

Results: Of the 300 distributed surveys, 138 were returned (46%). The authors found that 15% of pediatricians recognize the AAP-recommended age for a dental home as 12 months and practice this recommendation. Among the respondents, 7% believe application of fluoride should be part of a well-child visit. The majority (89%) of respondents reported interest in obtaining further knowledge on oral health.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Indiana
  • Male
  • Oral Health*
  • Pediatrics / methods*
  • Physician's Role*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires