Resource Highlights: Focus on Oral Health Care for Children and Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs
This collection of selected resources offers high-quality information about children and adolescents with special health care needs. Use the tools below for further searching, or contact us for personalized assistance.
National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Selected Materials in the OHRC Library
Agoratus L. 2014. Affordable Care Act (ACA): Why Oral Health Is Important for Children with Special Health Care Needs and How to Access It. Albuquerque, NM: Family Voices. 2 pp.
This tip sheet for parents provides information about the importance of good oral health care for children with special health care needs. Topics include finding dental coverage, finding oral health care for children without insurance, and partnering with oral health professionals.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 2015. Dental Care for Children with Special Needs. Baltimore, MD: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 1 p.
This fact sheet for parents provides information about finding a dentist who can provide oral health care while accommodating a child's health care needs. Topics include supports for special needs at the dentist (such as pre-appointments), accessibility, experience, specialized clinical training, and sedation. Steps to finding a dentist are also included. The fact sheet is available in English and Spanish.
National Center on Health. 2015. Toothbrushing Positions for Your Child with a Disability. Elk Grove, IL: National Center on Health. 2 pp.
This handout for parents and other caregivers provides simple tips for positioning a child who may need extra help brushing his or her teeth. The handout is available in English and Spanish. A related handout, Toothbrushing Tips for Your Child with a Disability, is also available in English and Spanish.
Odeh M. 2014. Ensuring Adequate Marketplace Provider Networks: What's Needed for Children. Washington, DC: First Focus. 4 pp.
This document addresses the adequacy of provider networks in ensuring that all children have access to health services, including oral health services. The document discusses what constitutes adequate provider networks for children and discusses how such networks can be developed and assessed.
Parents Helping Parents of Wyoming, Parent Information Center. 2014. Packaging Wisdom: A Family Centered Care Coordination Notebook (4th. ed). Buffalo, WY: Parents Helping Parents of Wyoming, Parent Information Center. 86 pp.
This notebook is designed to help parents of children with special health care needs record, track, and share information with their child's health care team, child care provider, school, and other family members. Contents include worksheets for recording the child's health history, including the first dental visit, the child's dentist's contact information, and specialist recommendations. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]
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American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
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National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
University of Washington School of Dentistry, Department of Oral Medicine
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Resource Highlights: Focus on Oral Health Care for Children and Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs. September 2015.