Children should be referred to a dentist who is willing and capable of providing a dental home.
This could include a pediatric dentist or a general dentist who is comfortable with children.
Pediatric dentists are specially trained and capable of treating children of all ages.
Referrals to a dentist should begin with documentation of the problem in the medical record.
Referrals to a dentist should be treated like any other referral to a health professional.
Ideally, this referral would involve the following:
- A pre-existing pediatrician-dentist relationship
- A call to the dentist’s office to set up the appointment
- Ongoing communication between the pediatrician and dentist
- Follow-up on the oral health issue