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Protecting All Children's Teeth (PACT): A Pediatric Oral Health Training Program
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Dental Visits, continued

It is recommended that all children be referred to a dentist by 12 months of age whenever possible.

To facilitate referrals, consider creating a list of local pediatric dentists and use this as a handout for families.

It is important to create working relationships with local pediatric and general dentists to allow for emergent referrals.

 
Fast Facts
 
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children with risk factors for caries be seen by a dentist within 6 months of eruption of the first tooth or 12 months of age, whichever comes first.
 
Risk factors such as special health care needs and sleeping with a bottle warrant referral to a dentist.
 
It is recommended that, whenever possible, all children be referred to a dentist by 12 months
of age.
 
It is important to create relationships with local dentists to allow for “emergent” referrals.
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