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Risk Assessment

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Caries Risk Assessment Tools

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's caries risk assessment forms are designed to help oral health professionals and non-oral-health professionals assess caries risk in infants, children, and adolescents and to aid in clinical decision-making related to diagnostic, fluoride, dietary, and restorative protocols. Forms are geared toward specific age ranges (birth through age 3, birth through age 5, and ages 6 and over) and users (oral health professionals and non-oral-health professionals). Each form presents different categories of risk factors and indicates how to determine whether an infant, child, or adolescent is at low, moderate, or high risk for dental caries. The following caries risk assessment forms are available.

Caries-Risk Assessment Form for 0–3 Olds:
For Physicians and Other Non-Dental Health Care Providers

Caries-Risk Assessment Form for 0–5 Year Olds:
For Dental Providers

Caries-Risk Assessment Form for ≥6 Years Olds:
For Dental Providers

The American Academy of Pediatrics developed the oral health risk assessment tool to aid in the implementation of oral health risk assessment during health supervision visits. The tool is intended to document risk and protective factors, clinical findings, and an assessment plan.

The American Dental Association's caries risk assessment forms are tools to help dentists evaluate infants', children's, and adolescents' risk for developing dental caries. The forms can also be used as communication tools with children, adolescents, and parents to highlight risk factors. The forms are divided by age range (birth to age 6 and over age 6). Each form includes three categories: contributing conditions, general health conditions, and clinical conditions. The first two categories can be completed by a member of the oral health team, as determined by the dentist; the third category should be completed by a dentist. The forms are linked below.

Caries Risk Assessment Form (Age 0–6)

Caries Risk Assessment Form (Age >6)