It has been reported that 89% of children have had an office-based physician visit by one year of age, compared with only 1.5% who had a dental office visit. Similar to the concept of a medical home, children need a dental home. A dental home is the ongoing relationship between the dentist, the patient and the parent, inclusive of all aspects of oral health. It is delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated and family centered way. It should be established no later than 12 months of age to help children and their families institute a lifetime of good oral health. A dental home addresses anticipatory guidance and preventative, acute and comprehensive oral health care. The goal is prevention.

Here at Pediatric Dentistry South, we are committed to helping you keep your baby’s mouth healthy so that they can grow and develop. We are here to be a resource for you in caring for your child’s oral health and smile, and make it our mission to help your child learn excellent oral care habits and enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.

We invite you to call us at 412-257-1150 to schedule your child’s appointment Dr. Richard Ruffalo and associates, our friendly dentist in Pittsburgh and McMurray, Pennsylvania.