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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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Catalyst Center. 2014. TEFRA and FOA Medicaid buy-in programs: An educational worksheet from the Catalyst Center. Boston, MA: Catalyst Center, 2 pp, instructions (3 pp)

Catalyst Center, the National Center for Health Insurance and Financing for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Boston University School of Public Health Center for Advancing Health Policy and Practice 801 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02218-2526

Telephone: (617) 638-1930
E-mail: mcomeau@bu.edu
Website: http://cahpp.org/project/the-catalyst-center
Available from the website.

This worksheet is designed to help families learn about two Medicaid policy options to help address medical debt and financial hardship among families raising children with disabilities. Contents include information about similarities and differences between the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) and the Family Opportunity Act (FOA) Medicaid buy-in programs, two programs that states can offer to help families with private insurance get the extra help they need to pay for care for a child with disabilities through Medicaid. Information about the implications of TEFRA and FOA for children with disabilities and their families is also included. The accompanying instructions provide guidance on filling out the worksheet with data on the insurance status of families in a state. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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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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Parents Helping Parents of Wyoming, Parent Information Center. 2014. Packaging wisdom: A family centered care coordination notebook [4th. ed.]. Buffalo, WY: Parents Helping Parents of Wyoming, Parent Information Center, 86 pp

Wyoming Family 2 Family Health Information Center
500 W. Lott Street, Suite A
Buffalo, WY 82834

Telephone: (307) 684-2277
Website: http://www.wpic.org/WYF2FHIC
Available from the website.

This notebook is designed to help parents of children with special health care needs record, track, and share information with their child’s health care team, child care provider, school, and family members. Contents include worksheets for recording the child’s health history, including the first dental visit and the child’s dentist’s contact information, specialist recommendations, and appointment dates and times. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

     

More library materials


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


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