May 2020 Volume LV Number 3


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March 2020 Volume LV Number 2

AAPD President Advises Parents on What to Pack for Kids’ Lunches
Nov. 6, 2019
AAPD President Dr. Kevin Donly was interviewed by for a story on what to pack in kids’ school lunches, especially given the Halloween holiday. According to the story:
"Dr. Kevin J. Donly, President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), tells Parentology about his experiences being a father of three, and what AAPD recommends parents should pack for their kids. Donly says that one of the many mistakes that parents could be making is packing their child a sandwich with non-  whole wheat bread. "Whole wheat bread is the best because it has a lot of fiber. Also, it doesn’t have near as much sugar and starch that later turns into sugar," he says. For school-age kids, Donly also suggests parents pack skim milk. He mentions this is part of a larger grouping of beverages that are recommended by the Key National Health and Nutrition Organization in a journal titled, "Healthy Beverage Consumption in Early Childhood Recommendations."
AAPD President Interviewed by Sunstar
Dec. 5, 2019
AAPD President Dr. Kevin Donly spoke to Frank Long for a story on how obesity affects the oral care of pediatric patients, which appeared in Sunstar’s November ebrief.
According to the piece:
"Obesity affects children as well as adults and, according to Kevin J. Donly, D.D.S., M.S., president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the top concern when treating pediatric patients is the status of their overall health. Donly notes that obesity- related systemic health risks exist among children of a wide age range. He says older children with obesity may be diagnosed or undiagnosed with diabetes, while younger children may have high cholesterol levels that can increase the risk of diabetes."
AAPD Addresses Pediatric Dental Anxiety in Prevention’s December Issue
AAPD President Dr. Kevin Donly spoke with Holly Pevzner for an article titled, "Scared of the Dentist," which appeared in the family section of They discussed how impactful this anxiety can be to getting a child proper dental care; how the anxiety manifests itself in kids while in the office; and finally, where fear of the dentist stems from.
According to the article:
"Avoid saying "hurt," "pain," or "afraid" when talking about the dentist. "Even if you’re saying something like ‘It won’t hurt,’ it plants the idea that it could hurt," says Kevin Donly, D.D.S., M.S., president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Instead, use positive or neutral words like "clean" and "healthy." Still, it’s crucial for you and the dentist to be honest and not spring any surprises. "A good dentist should always tell and show your child everything that he or she is going to do before doing it," says Donly.
Dentists Warn that Medicaid Audits Could Harm Children’s Dental Care in Nebraska
Dec. 12, 2019
AAPD National Spokesperson Dr. Jes- sica Meeske was interviewed for a story in the Omaha World Herald in which national and state dental leaders raised the alarm over Medicaid audits that they say threaten the care of young children in Nebraska with mouths full of rotting teeth. dentists-warn-that-medicaid-audits-could-harm-children-s-dental/article_8fe6f8e0-82a5-5dc0-aff6-4a32806d4b31.html

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As one of the year’s most popular holidays in the country quickly approached, the Amer- ican Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the leading authority on children’s oral health urged parents and caregivers to be aware of the treats their children consume on Oct. 31, and throughout the Halloween season.
The weather out- side is frightful! Kids are accident-prone during the holidays, especially with the icy and snowy weather. Should they take a spill, make sure you are prepared for what to do in a dental emergency, which can be any traumatic injury to the mouth resulting in significant bleeding. In the event of a dental emergency, the first thing parents should do is call their pediatric dentist.

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