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Initial Dental Visit

Course Author(s): American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Chicago, IL

Initial Dental Visit

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistryrecommends that every infant should receive an oral health risk assessmentfrom his/her primary health care provider or qualified health care professionalby 6 months of age. This initial visit should consist of the following:
  • Assessing the patient’srisk of developing oral disease.
  • Providing educationon infant oral health
  • Evaluating and optimizingfluoride exposure
Initial Dental Visit

Parents or caregivers should establish a dental home for infants by the child’sfirst birthday. The dental home is inclusive of all aspects of oral healththat result from the interaction of the patient, parents, non-dental professionals,and dental professionals. Establishment of the dental home is initiated bythe identification and interaction of these individuals, resulting in a heightenedawareness of all issues impacting the patient’s oral health. This providestime-critical opportunities to implement preventive health practices and reducethe child’s risk of preventable dental/oral disease.

Should treatment be required, appropriate recommendations and referrals can bemade at that time.