The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry developed this concept back in 2001. A dental home exists for all infants, children, teenagers and individuals with special health care needs. In essence, the home provides comprehensive, continuously-accessible, family-centred, coordinated and compassionate, and culturally-effective dental care for children.
What is the benefit? The dental home is more cost-effective and provides higher quality care when compared to infrequent trips to the dentist or hospital for emergencies only. With regular visits, a pediatric dentist can screen for disease, and deliver appropriate therapy to prevent cavities and infection. At the same time, the home can provide children and their families with:
- Guidance related to growth and development,
- An emergency system for dental trauma,
- Individualized oral hygiene instruction,
- Dietary counseling, and
- Appropriate referrals to other dental and medical specialists.
Dr. Perusini and the staff at Avenue PD invite you and your child to join our dental home. We pride ourselves on building strong relationships with families and the community as a whole. Give our office a call with questions or to schedule your child an appointment.