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

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OHRC Publications

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Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. 2021. Best practice approach: Oral health care of people with special health care needs. Reno, NV: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors; Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 15 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

This report offers information about the oral health of people with special health care needs (SHCN). It presents background information, including information on considerations for oral health care delivery, promising initiatives, the workforce, sites of care, financing of care, establishing comprehensive care, and data. Strategic calls to action for improving the oral health care of people with SHCN are also included. The report offers guidelines and recommendations, research evidence, and state practice examples illustrating strategies and interventions for people with SHCN. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Holt K, Barzel R, eds. 2020. Oral health services for children and adolescents with special health care needs: A resource guide (4th. ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 23 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Washington, DC 20057

E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This resource guide provides information for health professionals to assist them in planning, developing, and implementing efforts to ensure that children and adolescents with special health care needs receive optimal oral health care. The guide describes materials, including brochures, fact sheets, guides, manuals, and reports. It also lists federal agencies, resource centers, and national professional associations that may serve as resources. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness. 2014–. Healthy habits for happy smiles. Elk Grove Village, IL: National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness, 26 pp

Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
Telephone: (866) 763-6481
E-mail: health@ecetta.info
Website: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov
Available from the website.

This series of handouts for pregnant women and parents of infants and young children provides simple tips on nutrition and oral health issues. Topics include brushing a young child’s teeth, choosing healthy drinks for young children, encouraging young children to drink water, giving young children healthy snacks, taking care of oral health for pregnant women, and taking care of an infant’s oral health. The series is available in English and in Spanish.


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National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. 2018. Special care: An oral health professional's guide to serving children with special health care needs (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 1 v

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Washington, DC 20057

E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This curriculum provides oral health professionals with information about children with special health care needs and oral health, oral health supervision, prevention of oral disease, and behavior guidance. The curriculum can help fulfill dental education and dental hygiene education program requirements on the management and treatment of patients with special health care needs. The curriculum can be taken for continuing education credit at no charge or for no credit (self-assessment). [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. 2018. Special care: Oral health educational resources. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, multiple items

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Washington, DC 20057

E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This series of handouts provides information for oral health professionals to use and to share with children with special health care needs to foster good oral hygiene practices. Oral health professionals can also use the handouts to improve their office set-up and services and assess families’ satisfaction with services. Handouts for parents include a dental office considerations checklist, a family satisfaction questionnaire, and a form that parents and children can fill out to provide information about the child. Other handouts for parents cover different positions for toothbrushing, toothbrushing, oral hygiene aids, and focusing on the basics (oral hygiene, oral health, and special problems). [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

     


OHRC Library

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


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Barbara Aved Associates. 2020. Painful realities: General anesthesia access in Sacramento GMC dental managed care. Sacramento, CA: Sacramento County Department of Health Services, Public Health Division, Oral Health Program, 71 pp

Sacramento County Department of Health Services, Public Health Division
7001-A East Parkway, Suite 600
Sacramento, CA 95823

Telephone: (916) 875-6259
Website: http://www.scph.com
Available from the website.

This report describes a study conducted to determine the availability of general anesthesia (GA) for oral health care in Sacramento County, CA, particularly for individuals with special health care needs (SHCN). The report discusses the importance of GA for those with SHCN who may be unable to tolerate oral health care without it. Topics include process and data sources, background, findings, and recommendations.


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Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance. 2018. Oral health convening focusing on children with special health care needs. Washington, DC: O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, 36 pp

O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
Georgetown University Hotung Building, Fifth Floor 600 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001

Telephone: (202) 662-9203
Fax: (202) 662-4045
E-mail: oneillinstitute@law.georgetown.edu
Website: http://www.law.georgetown.edu/oneillinstitute/

This document provides information about the Oral Health Convening Focusing on Children with Special Health Care Needs held on March 18, 2018, in Washington, DC. The meeting brought together a multidisciplinary group of stakeholders to share expertise and insights related to increasing access to oral health care and improving the oral health of children with special health care needs (CSHCN) in Washington, DC. The document provides information about oral health and CSHCN and includes a description of each session.


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Petek S, Metzker B. 2018. Improving access to dental services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Sacramento, CA: California Legislative Analyst's Office, 38 pp

California Legislative Analyst's Office
925 L Street,Suite 1000
Sacraemento, CA 95814

Website: http://www.lao.ca.gov
Available from the website.

This report presents the extent to which oral health care is available for people with developmental disabilities. It discusses problems with access to oral health care, steps taken to address the problems, and causes of the problems. Recommendations for improving access to oral health care are provided.


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University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry. 2020. Special needs dentistry: Summit synopsis. San Francisco, CA: University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry, 8 pp

University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry
513 Parnassus Avenue, S 630
San Francisco, CA 94143

Available from the website.

This report provides information from the Special Needs Dentistry Summit attended by stakeholders across community, education, government, and industry sectors to develop consensus on the conditions necessary to improve access to care for people with special health care needs and steps to address the problem of poor access. Report topics include barriers to accessing care and causes of the problem. Goals for progress in the short, medium, and long term are presented.


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Virginia Department of Health. 2018. A healthy mouth for people with special health care needs. Richmond, VA: Virginia Department of Health, 1 p

Virginia Department of Health
P.O. Box 2448
Richmond, VA 23218

Telephone: (804) 864-7000
E-mail: questions@vdh.virginia.gov
Website: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov
Available from the website.

This brochure for people with special health care needs (SHCN) provides information to promote good oral health. It offers tips for promoting oral health, including maintaining good oral hygiene practices, finding a dentist who will treat people with SHCN, and planning dental visits. The brochure is written in simple language.

     

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