AAP Risk Assessment Tool

The AAP and National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH) have collaborated to create a formal Oral Health Risk Assessment Tool piloted through the Quality Improvement Innovation Network (QuINN)

An Oral Health Risk Assessment tool should document the following components:

  • Risk Factors
  • Protective Factors
  • Clinical Findings
  • Level of Caries Risk
  • Urgency of Dental Visit
  • Depth of nutritional and hygiene counseling

Over 80% of practices found the AAP Risk Assessment tool easy to implement. Clinicians did not need to significantly alter current practice to incorporate risk assessment.

Oral health recommendations can be implemented in just 2 minutes and identification of high-risk patients for oral health referral increased from 11% to over 87% with use of the tool.
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American Academy of Pediatrics. Oral Health Initiative. Oral health risk assessment: training for pediatricians and other child health professionals. 

Unpublished data. 2009. Brightening Oral Health: Teaching and Implementing Oral Health Risk Assessments in Pediatric Care project. Brightening Oral Health Workgroup and Quality Improvement Innovation Networks, American Academy of Pediatrics.