Encouraging the Dental Home
The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dental Association, and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry all recommend that a child establish a dental home by what age?
An infant oral exam can easily be done knee-to-knee with the dentist/dental hygienist and a parent/caregiver with the child’s head in the oral health professional’s lap.
What percentage of children younger than age 5 from low-income families have dental caries?
If the general dentist is not comfortable or experienced in management of very young children, the child and family should be referred to a pediatric dentist for comprehensive care.
By raising oral health awareness, the prevention, early detection, and management of dental, oral, and craniofacial tissues can become integrated into general healthcare, community-based programs, and social services.
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