American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Offers Oral Health Video Geared Toward Parents and Caregivers

CHICAGO, Sept. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the recognized leader in children's oral health, announced today the availability of an educational DVD for parents and caregivers that emphasizes the importance of oral health. The video covers key oral health topics such as learning about acid attacks on teeth and how to keep a child's mouth healthy.  

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The AAPD oral health DVD was produced through AAPD's Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center, and developed in response to Head Start and dentist requests for easy to understand, culturally relevant and accurate information about children's teeth, and how to keep them healthy.  AAPD highlighted up-to-date dental information and consulted with early childhood professionals to ensure that the information was presented in a format that was both educational and relevant to parents and caregivers, as well as for non-dental professionals.

The 28 minute DVD features 10 chapters focusing on the relationship between oral health and systemic health, how tooth decay happens, a Dental Home, the importance of fluoride, toothbrushing, a healthy diet, oral health and pregnancy, a child's first dental visit, making your child's dental visit a success, and the conclusion, which includes an overview of key points.

"This video is full of solid scientific information, brief enough to hold interest and visually grabbing," stated Dr. Paul S. Casamassimo, AAPD national spokesperson and Chief of Dentistry at Nationwide Children's Hospital and a Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.  "I would recommend this video to any parent or caregiver who is interested in learning about how to care for their children's teeth."

The DVD chapter titled, "A Child's First Dental Visit," is available for viewing on the AAPD website at  This link also includes information on how to purchase this AAPD oral health DVD.  For more information, please contact Jan Silverman, Assistant Director of AAPD's Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center, at 312.337.2169, or via e-mail at

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Founded in 1947, the AAPD is a not-for-profit membership organization representing the specialty of pediatric dentistry. AAPD's 8,000 members are predominately pediatric dentists and primary care providers who deliver comprehensive specialty treatments for infants, children, adolescents and individuals with special health care needs. As advocates for children's oral health, the AAPD aims to promote the use of evidence-based policies and guidelines, foster research concerning pediatric oral health, and educate health care providers and the public to improve children's oral health. For further information, please visit the AAPD website at

SOURCE American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry


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