About Us

The American Academy of Pediatrics works to improve children’s oral health through communication and collaboration between the medical and dental homes, and to make pediatricians and other health professionals an essential part of the oral health team.

Through the Section on Oral Health and Chapter Oral Health Advocates, the AAP provides education, training, and advocacy for pediatricians, dentists, other health professionals, and families.

The AAP Children’s Oral Health effort is committed to the following goals:

  • To promote oral health care in primary pediatric settings by giving anticipatory guidance to families about oral hygiene, diet, fluoride, and the importance of the first dental visit at 1 year of age.
  • To educate and advocate for primary pediatric care professionals to apply fluoride varnish.
  • To educate policy makers and payers about the importance of reimbursement for pediatric oral health care.

History (Read More)

Section on Oral Health (Read More)

Chapter Oral Health Advocates (Read More)


The AAP is grateful for funding to create the Children’s Oral Health Web site. Funding was provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the American Dental Association Foundation.

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Pediatricians can provide preventive oral health care until a dental home can be established.