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Initial Dental Visit

Course Author(s): American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Initial Dental Visit

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that every infant should receive an oral health risk assessment from his/her primary health care provider or qualified health care professional by 6 months of age. This initial visit should consist of the following:

  • Assessing the patient’s risk of developing oral disease.
  • Providing education on infant oral health.
  • Evaluating and optimizing fluoride exposure.
Initial Dental Visit
Initial Dental Visit

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

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