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Dental Care for Infants

Course Number: 387

Dental Home

The AAPD recommends that every child has a dental home within six months of eruption of the first tooth and no later than 12 months of age.2 (This will ensure that parents receive the appropriate recommendations on caries prevention and how to maintain optimal oral health for their child). The dentist and team will ensure that parents receive dietary recommendations and proper oral hygiene instructions. It is also ideal to have a dental home established at an early age so that you have a place of care established in case an emergency ever occurs. Having this information as the first teeth begin to erupt will make it more likely that the child will be able to avoid early childhood caries.

Besides preventative care, establishing a dental home early on will ensure that the child receives the proper care in times of trauma and when in need of acute care.

According to the AAPD the dental home should provide:3

  • Comprehensive family centered care

  • Acute and preventative care

  • Assess oral health and diseases

  • Tailored care and plan for each patient

  • Growth and development guidance

  • Care for acute and chronic pain or infection

  • Trauma care

  • Care instructions for the oral cavity

  • Dietary counseling

  • Referral to the appropriate specialist when necessary

  • Referral to adult dentist when the time is appropriate and transition