4.6 Referral to a Dentist
A medical provider should refer a child to a dentist immediately if
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Oral Health, has developed a referral form, which EPSDT medical providers can provide to parents to take to their child’s dental appointment.
The ultimate goal of making a referral to a dentist is to establish a dental home for children at moderate or high risk for dental caries. A dental home is the ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient, inclusive of all aspects of oral health delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way.6
Sometimes it may be difficult to locate a local dental practice, clinic, or federally qualified health center that accepts children enrolled in Medicaid. In situations where it is difficult or impossible for EPSDT medical providers to identify a dentist, parents should be referred to DentaQuest, the contractual agent under the Maryland Medicaid Program, which will help parents locate and access a dentist.