AAPD Caries Risk Assessment

Posted on: April 5, 2010

Bright Smiles from Birth is an ICAAP educational program that provides guidelines and support to Pediatricians and Family Physicians, Dentists, and families to make oral health a component of well child visits.

“The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes that caries-risk assessment is an essential element of contemporary clinical care for infants, children, and adolescents.  This policy is intended to educate healthcare providers and other interested parties on the assessment of caries risk in contemporary pediatric dentistry”

Policy on Use of a Caries-risk Assessment Tool (CAT) for Infants, Children, & Adolescents (.pdf)

“This policy revision is based on a review of the current dental and medical literature related to caries-risk assessment tools and methodologies.  A MEDLINE search was conducted using the terms “caries risk”, “caries assessment”, and “caries management tool”.  Expert opinions and best current practices also were relied upon for this policy.”


For more information about CAT and Bright Smiles From Birth please contact:

Jennie Pinkwater
Director, Prevention Projects
1400 W. Hubbard
Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: 312/733-1026, ext 213
Fax: 312/733-1791