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.