What is a “Dental Home”?

Establishing a “Dental Home” means that your child’s oral health care is delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated and family-centered way by a licensed dentist. The concept of the Dental Home reflects the AAPD’s clinical guidelines and best principles for the proper delivery of oral health care to all children, with a concentration on infant/age one patients.

The Dental Home enhances the dental professional’s ability to assist children and their parents in the quest for optimum oral health care, beginning with the age one dental visit for successful preventive care and treatment as part of an overall oral health care foundation. Additionally, the establishment of the Dental Home will include referral to other dental specialists when the pediatric or general dentist cannot provide the needed care. 

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry –www.aapd.org/advocacy/dentalhome/

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