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AAP Policy on Risk Assessment
In May 2003, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published the policy statement, “Oral Health Risk Assessment Timing and Establishment of the Dental Home”.

According to the policy:

“Every child should begin to receive oral health risk assessments by 6 months of age by a qualified pediatrician or a qualified pediatric health care professional”.
Subsequently, risk assessment and clinical evaluation should be done at every well-child visit to determine which infants would benefit from early, aggressive intervention.

In December 2008, the AAP published the policy statement, "Preventive Oral Health Intervention for Pediatricians". This policy reviews cariology and caries risk assessment and defines appropriate recommendations for preventive oral health intervention by primary care pediatric practitioners.
 
 
The American Academy of Pediatrics published a policy statement recommending oral health risk assessments in the pediatric office.
 
In keeping with AAP policy, a caries risk assessment and clinical evaluation should be performed at every well-child visit, beginning at 6 months of age.
 
The purpose of the risk assessment is to determine if an infant would benefit from early, aggressive dental intervention.
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