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Oral Health Care for Children and Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs

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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.

Key Facts

Did you know? Access to oral health care may pose a challenge for CSHCN because of lack of dental insurance, inadequate dental insurance, or difficulty finding a dentist who is willing and able to care for this population.

OHRC Publications

This section contains OHRC-produced materials.


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Balzer J. 2006. Promoting the oral health of children with special health care needs: In support of the national agenda. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 4 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This policy brief provides suggestions for oral-health-promotion activities that are consistent with the National Agenda for Children with Special Health Care Needs. The brief addresses the six critical indicators of a comprehensive system of care identified by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau: medical home, insurance coverage, screening, organization of services, family roles, and transition to adulthood. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Barzel R, Holt K. 2012. Child and adolescent oral health issues. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 8 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This fact sheet provides health professionals with information on issues related to child and adolescent oral health. Topics include dental caries, access to care, children and adolescents with special health care needs, dental sealants, fluorides, nutrition, injury and violence, and tobacco. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Barzel R, Holt K, Isman B. 2006. Special care: An oral health professional's guide to serving young children with special health care needs. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 1 v

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This course is designed to help oral health professionals ensure that young children with special health care needs have access to comprehensive, family-centered, and community-based services. Continuing education credits from the Indian Health Service or the American Dental Hygienists' Association will be awarded upon successful completion of the course. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Bertness J, Holt K, eds. 2011. Oral health services for children and adolescents with special health care needs: A resource guide (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 36 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This resource guide provides information to help health professionals plan, develop, and implement efforts to ensure that children and adolescents with special health care needs receive optimal oral health care. The guide is divided into the following three sections: (1) journal articles, (2) materials (books, curricula, fact and tip sheets, guidelines, manuals, modules, papers, reports, and CD-ROMs), and (3) agencies and organizations that may serve as resources. Entries contain bibliographic information, an annotation, and contact information. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Casamassimo P, Holt K, eds. 2016. Bright Futures: Oral health—Pocket guide (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 90 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This pocket guide offers health professionals an overview of preventive oral health supervision for five periods—pregnancy and postpartum, infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. The pocket guide is designed to help health professionals implement specific oral health guidelines during these periods. For each period, information about family preparation, risk assessment, interview questions, screening, examination, preventive procedures, anticipatory guidance, measurable outcomes, and referrals are discussed. The content aligns with Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents (4th ed.). [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Holt K, Barzel R, Bertness J. 2014. Oral health for children and adolescents with special health care needs: Challenges and opportunities (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 6 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This fact sheet focuses on the challenges to and opportunities for providing oral health care to children with special health care needs. Topics include factors that contribute to oral health problems in this population, unmet oral health care needs, barriers to oral health care, care coordination, work force development, and federal and national programs. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

     


OHRC Library

This section contains recent materials, not including OHRC-produced materials.


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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

National Center for Family / Professional Partnerships
Family Voices 3701 San Mateo Boulevard, N.W., Suite 103
Albuquerque, NM 87110

Telephone: (505) 872-4774
Secondary Telephone: (888) 835-5669
Fax: (505) 872-4780
Website: http://www.fv-ncfpp.org
Available from the website.

This tip sheet for parents of children with special health care needs (CSHCN) provides information about the importance of good oral health care for CSHCN. Topics include the Affordable Care Act, finding oral health care for CSHCN, resources for families who do not have health insurance, and partnering with oral health professionals.


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Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. 2017. Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) fact sheet. Reno, NV: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, 2 pp

Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors
3858 Cashill Boulevard
Reno, NV 89509

Telephone: (775) 626-5008
Fax: (775) 626-9268
E-mail: info@astdd.org
Website: http://www.astdd.org
Available from the website.

This fact sheet defines silver diamine fluoride (SDF) and describes the evidence base for using SDF to control dental caries. Topics include indications, contraindications, and other considerations; recommended protocols; using SDF in addition to fluoride varnish, other professionally applied fluorides, or dental sealants; Medicaid reimbursement; and who can apply SDF.


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Odeh M. [2014]. Ensuring adequate marketplace provider networks: What's needed for children. Washington, DC: First Focus, 4 pp

First Focus
1400 Eye Street, N.W., Suite 650
Washington, DC 20005

Telephone: (202) 657-0670
Fax: (202) 657-0671
Website: http://www.firstfocus.net
Available from the website.

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.


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Schubel J. 2017. Medicaid helps schools help children. Washington, DC: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 7 pp

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
820 First Street N.E., Suite 510
Washington, DC 20002

Telephone: (202) 408-1080
Fax: (202) 408-1056
E-mail: center@cbpp.org
Website: http://www.cbpp.org
Available from the website.

This brief examines the role of Medicaid in funding critical health-related services for students with disabilities. Topics include providing reimbursement for health care services that are necessary for students with disabilities to succeed in school and ensuring schools' compliance with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requirements, helping students to stay healthy and succeed academically, and connecting students to coverage. The brief also describes the long-term benefits of Medicaid for eligible children and the potential impact of spending reductions on students, local communities, and state budgets. The appendix contains a table on state and federal Medicaid spending in schools.


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Seattle Children's Hospital, Washington State Department of Health, Within Reach. 2017, 2016. Starting point guide: Resources for parents of children with special health care needs. Seattle, WA: Seattle Children's Center for Children with Special Needs, 31 pp

Seattle Children's Center for Children with Special Needs
P.O. Box 5371, M2-16
Seattle, WA 98105

Telephone: (206) 987-3736
Fax: (206) 884-5741
E-mail: cshcn@seattlechildrens.org
Website: http://www.cshcn.org
Available from the website.

This directory provides an overview of resources for families who have children with ongoing health conditions or special needs in Washington. Topics include tips from parents, legal help, child and respite care, child growth and development, community health, oral health, family support, financial information, health insurance information, hearing and vision services, information and referral, medical supplies and equipment, mental health, nutrition, recreation programs, school, and transportation. A form for use in case of an emergency is included.

     

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Selected Websites

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health

National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

University of Washington School of Dentistry, Department of Oral Medicine


Find more organizations in OHRC's Organizations Database.


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