Risk Assessment Tool

Oral Health Risk Assessment tools should document the following components:

  • Caries risk and protective factors
  • Clinical findings
  • Anticipatory guidance provided
  • Referral to a dental home

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) and found:

  • Over 80% of practices reported the tool easy to implement.
  • Clinicians did not need to significantly alter current practice to incorporate risk assessment.
  • Bright Futures oral health recommendations can be implemented in just 2 minutes during the well child visit.
  • Identification of high-risk patients for oral health referral increased from 11% to over 87% with use of the tool.


American Academy of Pediatrics. Oral Health Initiative. Oral health risk assessment: training for pediatricians and other child health professionals.  View site here.

Unpublished data. 2009.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.