The American Academy of Pediatrics defines a dental home as “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.” But what does that mean? Well, it means that a dental home is almost the same thing as your average dentist. But there’s a couple more benefits of a dental home:
- It’s patient/family centered which means your child comes first.
- A dental home reflects the AAPD’S clinical guidelines.
- A dental home provides referrals to other dental specialists when your general dentist cannot provide the needed care.
- Children that have a dental home are healthier, have fewer hospitalizations, and have fewer emergency room visits.