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Patient-Centered Dental Home

The dental home is the ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient, inclusive of all aspects of oral health care delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way. Establishment of a dental home should begin no later than 12 months of age and include referral to dental specialists when appropriate.” In summary, the ideal characteristics of a Dental Home are:

  • Accessible
  • Family-Centered
  • Continuous
  • Comprehensive
  • Coordinated
  • Compassionate
  • Culturally Competent
  • Comprehensive oral health care, including acute and preventive care.
  • Comprehensive assessment of oral diseases and conditions.
  • Individualized preventive dental health programs.
  • Plan for acute dental trauma.
  • Guidance about growth and development issues.
  • Information about care for the child’s teeth and gingivae.
  • Dietary counseling as appropriate.
  • Referrals to dental specialists when care cannot be directly provided by the dental home.
  • Education regarding future referrals to adult dental providers. Source: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)

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