Dental Home Resource Center



An Online Reference for Parents and Policymakers


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.

Other Resources


Points of Light

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

WDA Dental Home Continuing Education DVD

Members: click here to request the DVD from your state dental association.


Dental Home in the Media

AAPD’s Dental Home Concept Referenced in RDH Magazine

Special Needs:
Expect the Best for Your Child’s Dental Home


Dental Home Resources

AAPD Policy on the Dental Home

Pediatric Dental Visit Press Release

Dental Care For Your Baby FAQ

Clinical Guidelines on Infant Oral Health Care

Powerpoint Presentation on the Dental Home Concept

The Dental Home: It’s Never Too Early to Start


Related AAPD Policies and Guidelines

Early Childhood Caries

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

Use of Xylitol in Caries Prevention

Interim Therapeutic Restoration (IRT)

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

Early Childhood Caries (ECC): Unique challenges and Treatment Options

Dietary Recommendations for Infants, Children and Adolescents

Periodicity of Examination, Preventive Dental Services, Anticipatory Guidance and Oral Treatment for Infants, Children and Adolescents

Policy on Use of Fluoride

Fluoride Therapy

Pediatric Restorative Dentistry

Pulp Therapy for Primary and Young Permanent Teeth

Management of Acute Dental Trauma