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
". This policy reviews cariology and caries risk
assessment and defines appropriate recommendations
for preventive oral health intervention by primary care pediatric practitioners.