Children with Special Healthcare Needs

Bright Smiles from Birth is a web-based oral health education program for primary care providers that provides education on the prevention of early childhood caries and integrating oral health into well child visits. Providers who complete the program are eligible to bill Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services or Medicaid for application of fluoride varnish. Federal Qualified Health Centers from across the state may also participate in the program.  Please click here for more information on the project.

Children with special healthcare needs are at greater risk for gum disease, tooth decay and other oral health concerns.  This resource page was created to assist both providers and parents of children with special healthcare needs maintain a healthy smile.

RESOURCES

General Resources for Primary Care Providers:

Children’s Oral Health, American Academy of Pediatrics

Dental Care for Special Child, American Academy of Pediatrics

A Health Professionals Guide to Pediatric Health ManagementNational Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center

Oral Conditions in Children with Special Needs: A Guide for Health Care Providers, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Oral Health for Children with Special Health Care Needs, Kern County Children’s Dental Health Network

Resources for Professionals, The Center for Children with Special Needs at Seattle Children’s Hospital

Strategies for Providing Oral Care for People With Developmental Disabilities, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Why Children with Disabilities are More at Risk Dental Caries and Gum Disease, Kern County Children’s Dental Health Network

General Resources for Families of Children with Special Needs:

Common Dental Concerns, The Center for Children with Special Needs at Seattle Children’s Hospital

Dental Care for Children with Special Needs, The Center for Children with Special Needs at Seattle Children’s Hospital

Dental Care for Special Child, American Academy of Pediatrics

Going to the Dentist, The Center for Children with Special Needs at Seattle Children’s Hospital

A Guide for Family Members and Providers, Oklahoma Association of Community Action Agencies

Homecare Tips, Kern County Children’s Dental Health Network

Oral Health for Children with Special Health Care Needs, Kern County Children’s Dental Health Network

Tips for a Healthy Mouth, The Center for Children with Special Needs at Seattle Children’s Hospital

Dental Care Every Day: A Caregiver’s Guide, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

 General Resources for Dental Providers:

Dental Office Checklist, National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center

Guidelines for Patients with Hemophilia, World Federation of Hemophilia

Managing Bleeding Disorders and Dental Care, Canadian Dental Association

Online Module for Dentists, National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center

Oral Health Guidance for Dental Professionals, School of Dentistry, University of Washington

Preparing Children for the Visit, National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center

Strategies for Providing Oral Care for People With Developmental Disabilities, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Condition-specific Guidelines and Information

Primary care providers and families of children with special needs can find more information about oral health by visiting the University of Washington School of Dentistry.  There you will find guidelines and fact sheets for specific conditions such as: ADD/ADHD, Asthma, Autism, Diabetes, Eating Disorders, HIV, and Traumatic Brain Injuries, to name a few.

FIND A DENTIST

The Illinois Provider Directory- for children, youth and young adults with special healthcare needs.

The Illinois State Dental Society website will assist in finding funding for dental care for special needs patients.

DentaQuest is a dental referral system for Medicaid patients; it is best if DentaQuest is called for a referral.

The Chicago Dental Society will assist in finding a dentist in the metro Chicago area, either by zip code or by specific clinic.

The IFLOSS website not only locates dentists in your area, but provides information on oral health for residents of Illinois.

Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists website allows you to search for dentists by name, city or zip code.

The Illinois State Dental Society website also allows you to search for dentists by name, city or zip code.

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry website allows you to search for dentists in your area and provides additional resources on oral health.

MATERIALS

The Specialized Care Co. offers products developed for people with special needs, such as the Surround® Toothbrush and the Open Wide® Mouth Rest.

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For more information contact:

Dru O’Rourke
Manager, Prevention Programs
Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
1400 W. Hubbard St. Suite 100
Chicago IL 60642
Phone: 312/733-1026 x 207
Email: dorourke@illinoisaap.com