The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) endorses the concept of a dental home for all infants, children, adolescents, and persons with special health care needs. This concept is derived from the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) definition of a medical home which states pediatric primary health care is best delivered or supervised by qualified child health specialists. Establishing a “Dental Home” means that your child’s oral health care is delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated and family-centered way. 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.
Giving Tree Pediatric Dentistry supports the Age One dental visit so that we may establish a “Dental Home” for your child, much like the “Medical Home” model. These early visits are similar to well-care visits made to your pediatrician. Our team provides parents/caretakers with information that may be used to keep your child healthy and smiling. It has been documented that the habits and oral health practices of caregivers play a significant role in children’s dental health, so we even discuss the oral health of everyone in the family including your pets!