Modules

Learning Objectives

  • List two topics to discuss during an interview with parents of children with special health care needs at various developmental stages.
  • List two ways to position a child during an oral examination.
  • List two oral conditions for which children with special health care needs may be at increased risk, and explain how to assess children to identify risk.
  • Explain why some children with special health care needs may be at risk for child abuse and/or dental neglect.
  • List two examples of anticipatory guidance specific to oral health, nutrition, non-nutritive sucking, and trauma and injury to discuss with parents of children with special health care needs.

Module 3: Oral Health Supervision

Overview

Module 3 presents information about oral health supervision for children with special health care needs. Oral health supervision provides the context of care for all children to ensure that they have access to health promotion and disease prevention services that address their unique oral health needs in a comprehensive, family-centered, and community-based manner.

The module begins with a list of family interview questions that can be used to gather key information for developing an appropriate oral health care plan. Instructions for conducting an oral examination for children with special health care needs are presented. The module explains why some children with special health care needs may be at risk for child abuse and/or dental neglect and offers descriptions and assessment tips for some common oral conditions affecting some children with special health care needs. Anticipatory guidance specific to oral health, nutrition, non-nutritive sucking, and trauma and injury to share with parents is also provided. The module concludes with indicators to measure oral health outcomes for children with special health care needs and their families.

The module provides five downloadable tools: “Focus on the Basics,” “Oral Hygiene Aids,” “Toothbrushing,” “Different Positions for Toothbrushing,” and “Flossing.” Oral health professionals can share these educational materials with families to foster optimal oral hygiene care.

Picture of clockTime Needed to Complete this Module:
Approximately 20 minutes