Anticipatory Guidance

It is defined as a proactive counseling of parents and patients about developmental changes that will occur in the interval between health supervision visits that includes information about daily caretaking specific to that upcoming interval.2 The infant compared to a school aged child, lives in a broader, more complex world and treatment and prevention needs to be tailored to that specific child.

The counseling should include:

  • Address protective factors to prevent oral health problems
  • Oral hygiene
  • Dietary counseling
  • Fluoride
  • Oral growth and development issues
  • Oral/non-nutritive habits (pacifier use)
  • Acute dental trauma/injury prevention