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AAP Policy on Risk Assessment

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has published 2 policy statements about oral health risk assessment:

  1. Oral Health Risk Assessment Timing and Establishment of the Dental Home (May 2003, reaffirmed in 2009)
  2. Preventive Oral Health Intervention for Pediatricians (December 2008)

The AAP also endorses the 2 child-focused modules of the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Smiles for Life National Oral Health Curriculum, available online at www.smilesforlifeoralhealth.org.

According to Oral Health Risk Assessment Timing and Establishment of the Dental Home:

  • All children should begin receiving oral health risk assessments by 6 months of age by a qualified pediatrician or pediatric health care professional
  • Risk assessment and clinical evaluation should be done at every well child visit to determine which infants would benefit from early, more aggressive intervention
  • Oral health is included in the Bright Futures/AAP Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care

Preventive Oral Health Intervention for Pediatricians reviews cariology and caries risk assessment. This policy statement also defines recommendations for preventive oral health intervention by primary care providers.

 
 
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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