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Oral Health - A Dental Home and Your Child

Dental Homes: What Are They?

A dental home is an established dental care facilitywhere your child can know their dentist and iscomfortable to receive care of their teeth in a familiarand consistent place.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry(AAPD) recommends that children visit a dentist andestablish a dental home by the time they are one year old.

Benefits of a Dental Home

  • Comprehensive Care: To guarantee that yourchild's oral health needs are satisfied, dentalhomes provide immediate, restorative, andpreventive treatments for maintaining oral health.
  • Individualized Care: Dental homes take intoaccount your child's particular needs, includingany special requirements and/or special needs.
  • Preventive Care: Dental homes put a strongemphasis on using preventative measures androutine checkups to safeguard your child'shealthy teeth and gums. 
  • Oral Care Education: Dental homes educatepatients on proper dental hygiene practices,which change as a kid matures and develops.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: Dental homes respect yourlanguage and cultural heritage, ensuring thatyour kid is raised in a welcoming andcomfortable atmosphere.

Your Rights as a Parent or Guardian

As a parent or guardian, your rights include:

  • knowing that the person providing your child's dental care is qualified and competent.
  • To disclose or explain the information about the fees associated with dental examinations and procedures.
  • To inquire about your child's dental care and to receive clear, comprehensive responses.
  • If you feel that your child's dental procedures are unneeded or unsuitable,you have the right to decline them.
  • To anticipate that dental services will be provided in a safe environment with appropriate infection control and sterilization procedures.

Youre Responsibilities as a Parent or Guardian

As a parent or guardian, your responsibilites are:

  • Helping your child to maintain proper oral hygiene by helping them brush and floss their teeth each day.
  • Giving a precise and thorough account of your child's dental and medical history.
  • Asking questions and participating in health-related decision-making in relation to your child's dental care.
  • To the best of your abilities, adhere to the care plan that has been prescribed for your child.
  • Keep all of your appointments and swiftly reschedule them if required.
  • Assuming responsibility for promptly paying the expenses associated with your child's dental care.

Find a Dental Home Today

Resources to establish a dental home that are searchable by your home ZIP code: