Links to more information on dental care for children with special needs – for parents as well as medical and oral health professionals.

  • Oral Care for People with Developmental Disabilities – This free 2-hour continuing education course is for dental professionals. Topics include the health challenges and oral health problems common in people with developmental disabilities and strategies for oral care in the general practice setting.
  • Practical Oral Care for People with Developmental Disabilities – The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research offers a series of booklets and fact sheets on providing care for people with mild or moderate developmental disabilities for dental professionals. The series covers autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, wheelchair transfer and more.
  • Dental Office Special Needs Checklist – Families, caregivers and professionals can use this PDF checklist to explore how their dental office can accommodate a child with special health care needs. Issues to consider include: Are parents allowed in care rooms? Can x-ray equipment reach low enough for a child in a wheelchair? Are staff versed in alternative x-ray techniques?
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