The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that every infant should receive an oral health risk assessment from their primary health care provider or qualified health care professional by 6 months of age. This initial visit should consist of the following:
Parents or caregivers should establish a dental home for infants by the child’s first birthday. The dental home establishes a therapeutic relationship, familiarizes a child with dental care, provides a source of emergency care and creates a care program unique to that child and family. 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.