The ​AAP works to improve children's oral health through communication and collaboration betwee​n the medical and dental homes and to make pediatricians and other health professionals an essential part of the ​​​oral health team.

Review the resources and guidance on this page for more information on improving the oral health of children.


Oral Health Overview

Oral health is an important and often overlooked healthcare need. There are many things a pediatrician can do to support the oral health of children such as conduct an oral health risk assessment, apply fluoride varnish, educate families, and refer patients to a dental professional.

Oral Health Practice Tools for Pediatricians


Payment for Oral Health Services Within the Medical Setting

Use these resources for help with getting paid for preventive oral health services.

Payment of Preventive Oral Health Services


Professional Tools and Resources

The AAP Section on ​Oral Health and Chapter Oral Health Advocates​ provide education, training and advocacy for pediatricians, dentists, other health professionals and families.​

Podcasts and Voices Blogs

Learn what others are saying. Listen to our podcasts and read our blog posts.

Oral Health - Episode 49

In this episode Abiye Y. Okah, MD, FAAP, explains the importance of early intervention to prevent pediatric caries (or cavities)

Pediatrics on Call


March 9, 2021

Helping Our Colleagues Keep Children's Teeth Healthy

Pediatricians and dentists should work together to avert serious health problems among children.

Voices Blog


June 29, 2020

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