1.3 Potential Barriers to Oral Health Care Delivery and Financing
Potential barriers to oral health care delivery and financing include the following issues and concerns:
- Children with special health care needs are almost twice as likely
to have unmet oral health care needs as their peers without special health
care needs across all income levels.
- Provision of oral health care for some children with special health
care needs requires specialized knowledge, increased awareness
and attention, and accommodation.
- Children with the most serious conditions who previously were served
by experienced, institution-based oral health professionals
now seek care from dental practices in local communities where oral health
professionals may not have the confidence, knowledge, or skills to serve
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