Mission and Vision

Advancement in the speciality of Paediatric Dentistry

AAPD Vision Statement

The Vision of Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry is optimal oral health for infants, children and adolescents including those less fortunate, and those with special needs.

The Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry is the principal professional organisation representing the Oral Health interests of children. The Paediatric Dentist is recognised as the Specialist Primary Oral Health Care Provider.

AAPD Mission Statement

The Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry is a professional organisation of Specialist Oral Health Care providers with approved postgraduate training, whose primary concern is the practice of Paediatric Dentistry, including education and continuing research.

The purpose of the Academy shall be the advancement of the Specialty of Paediatric Dentistry for the benefit of community oral health.

The AAPD Recognises

  • Despite the advances in community oral health, nearly half of all children experience dental decay before entering pre-school. 
    • Dental caries is more common than asthma.
    • The worst affected pre-school children have on average, half their primary dentition affected by tooth decay
    • 80% of decay in four your olds is untreated
    • Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are three times as likely to have dental problems before the age of 2 years.
    • Dental Caries is an indicator of the inequalities of life.
  • Dental Caries has a significantly negative impact on Quality of Life
    • 12% of preschool children will experience dental pain
    • 2-11% of preschool children will experience sepsis
    • 22% of preschool children will have functional limitation
    • Children are self conscious about their decayed teeth
    • Dental caries is a major cause of absence from school
  • Dental Caries has a significantly negative impact on general health
    • Early Childhood caries is associated with malnutrition
    • Early Childhood Caries is associated with disordered eating
    • Early Childhood Caries is associated with Iron deficiency anaemia
    • Early Childhood Caries is associated with extremes of failure to thrive and obesity
    • Dental caries is one of the most common reasons for children to be hospitalised
  • Dental Caries is a significant economic burden with $6.7 billion spent on dental treatment in Australia every year.

The AAPD Recommends

  • Oral Health Education in antenatal and neonatal classes for parents
  • Public funding for early childhood dental examination on a six monthly basis.
  • A Public-Private Partnership for the treatment of oral health issues in children with chronic disease
  • There should be increased rebates to assist families to access Specialist Paediatric Dentists for management of their children’s oral health needs when required.
  • Children with Early Childhood Caries (ECC) have limited treatment options because of the extent of their dental disease and their inability to cope with traditional dental office procedures.
    • The best alternative for comprehensive and ethical treatment is the use of general anaesthesia on a day-stay basis
    • Current waiting lists in public hospitals preclude efficient treatment. There is a community need for improved access to general anaesthesia for children with special needs and children with severe oral disease.