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Dental Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs AAPD Conference Children and Adults with Special Health Care Needs November 17-18, 2006, Chicago Betsy Anderson, Family Voices V OICES FAMILY National Network of Families & Friends http://www.familyvoices.org
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Children and Adults with Special Health Care Needs
November 17-18, 2006, Chicago
Betsy Anderson, Family Voices
Complements the Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents
Bright Futures Materials:
Dental Health Issues for Children
health is more than teeth
it also includes
nutrition, speech, chewing, swallow
appearance, well being, and confidence.
Ideas about dental
health and what can be
done may be different from when
growing up. New dental procedures
, cosmetic treatments,
been added and
periences and beliefs about dental
Cost and cover
High costs of care
Lack of information about how to get services covered
may face red tape and delays
s may be hard to fin
especially for those with Medicaid or certain
, but not all,
. Needed is
families’ roles in day to day care
and special situations
upport for children and families
Communication and coordination among child
Dental care is not typically part of regular health
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http://www.familyvoices.orgDental Health Issues for Children
Special Health Care Needs
All of the issues mentioned
on the previous page
for children with special needs. T
may be “heightened.”
eed for a
ccessibility, modification, accommodation. Dental offices
with Disabilities Act standards
Staff attitudes and comfort caring for children with special needs
Staff training to addr
ess information, support, and specific treatments for
children with special needs.
a child is taking
may cause increases in cavities and plaque.
Appropriate recommendations for anesthesia
. Some children may need
. In other cases,
children with special needs may be inappropriately anesthetized.
onsideration that c
osts for treatment, equipment and supplies
will likely be
addition to other health care costs families face.
naged care, some procedures may be denied, thus requiring
families to appeal in order for children to receive needed services.
Families will need to
dental appointments and care with other
ommunication and coordination with children’s other health care
professionals in order to provide quality, family
Children and families
advocates for children’s
and other health
re and services
Note that for some
children with special needs, there are no special
Our thanks to Bright Futures at Georgetown University for graphics
Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health
esources and Services Ad
Department of Health and Human ServicesDental Health Issues for Children with Special Healthcare Needs
Families are their children’s first and best advocates, providing and overseeing
their children’s health and development.
Raising children is important, hard work –24 hours a day.
Children’s health happens in many settings – home, school, community.
Families are the links between caregivers and settings.
Your child’s health care providers want to help you raise healthy children.
Children’s regular health and dental visits are excellent times to get this help.
There are lots of right and good ways to raise healthy children.
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Oral Health Resource Center
Be advocates! Be out there! Be visible!
If you find your life’s passion,
you’ll never work again.