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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.

 
 
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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