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What is a Dental Home?

Establishing a "Dental Home" means that your child's oral health care is delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated and family-centered way by a licensed dentist. The concept of the Dental Home reflects the AAPD's clinical guidelines and best principles for the proper delivery of oral health care to all children, with a concentration on infant/age one patients. The Dental Home enhances the dental professional’s ability to assist children and their parents in the quest for optimum oral health care, beginning with the age one dental visit for successful preventive care and treatment as part of an overall oral health care foundation. Additionally, the establishment of the Dental Home will include referral to other dental specialists when the pediatric or general dentist cannot provide the needed care.

Dental Home Resources

AAPD Policy on the Dental Home (PDF, 64 KB)

Pediatric Dental Visit Press Release (PDF, 97 KB)

Dental Care For Your Baby FAQ

Clinical Guidelines on Infant Oral Health Care (PDF, 133 KB)

Powerpoint Presentation on the Dental Home Concept

The Dental Home: It’s Never Too Early to Start (PDF, 195 KB)

Related AAPD Policies and Guidelines

Early Childhood Caries (PDF, 40 KB)

Use of the Caries-risk Assessment (CAT) for Infants, Children and Adolescents(PDF, 80 KB)

Use of Xylitol in Caries Prevention (PDF, 84 KB)

Interim Therapeutic Restoration (IRT) (PDF, 59 KB)

Early Childhood Caries (ECC): Classifications, Consequences and Preventive Strategies  (PDF, 152 KB)

Early Childhood Caries (ECC): Unique challenges and Treatment Options (PDF, 81 KB)

Dietary Recommendations for Infants, Children and Adolescents (PDF, 65 KB)

Periodicity of Examination, Preventive Dental Services, Anticipatory Guidance and Oral Treatment for Infants, Children and Adolescents (PDF, 361 KB)

Fluoride Therapy (PDF, 206 KB)

Pediatric Restorative Dentistry (PDF, 161 KB)

Pulp Therapy for Primary and Young Permanent Teeth (PDF, 174 KB)

Management of Acute Dental Trauma (PDF, 767 KB)

Other Resources

Points of Light: A Resource Guide for Pediatric and General Dentists to Successfully Establish an Infant Oral Health Referral Infrastructure in Your Community and State

Talking Points on Fluoride Varnish Applications by Physicians (PDF, 89 KB)

Dental Home in the Media

AAPD’s Dental Home Concept Referenced in RDH Magazine

Click here to hear Dr. Pitts Hinson on the importance of the age one dental visit on an audio news release to radio stations across the country (

Special Needs:
Expect the Best for Your Child’s Dental Home (PDF, 563 KB)

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