Oral health: For families Daily oral care, how to find a dentist, fun oral health activities for children and much more are
Finding affordable dental care for children with special needs can be a challenge. Many private health plans do not cover dental services and, if your child is covered by Medicaid or BadgerCare, finding a dentist who accepts Medicaid and also has
openings can be very difficult. There are a couple places
online you can look to help find dental care.
Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association’s Web site, a resource for everyone who supports, promotes, uses and works in Community Health Centers. Here, you can learn about health care policies that support everyone’s access to a medical
home, explore quality improvement strategies, share tactics to
provide high quality and culturally competent care, engage in activities to knock down the barriers some Wisconsinites face in the health care system, talk with experts, even find a Community Health Center doctor or dentist to care for you www.wphca.org
Wisconsin Dental Association - Community Dental Clinics
Fact sheets have been developed for mild to moderate manifestations of a number of special needs conditions. For most conditions there are separate fact sheets for Dental Professionals, Medical Professionals, and Parents and Caregivers. A
General Guidance fact sheet is included and is available in
Oral Health - Autism Speaks -
Dental Tool Kit dental guide and video to provide tips for improving oral hygiene at home, as well as information about
how parents and dental professionals can make a visit to the dentist's office less stressful and more productive.
New! My Healthy Smile App for iPhone and iPods
Healthy Smiles for Autism -Healthy Smiles for
Autism was created by the National Museum of Dentistry to empower parents of children with autism spectrum disorder to establish a healthy oral hygiene routine and prepare their children for a visit to the dentist.
Preservice Health Training Modules -The Preservice Health Training (PHT) modules were designed to educate student and
practicing primary care providers about working with individuals having developmental disabilities.
Autism Speaks Resource Guide - Visit our Resource Guide to find local dentists in your area who specialize in providing
dental care to individuals with autism and other disabilities. We welcome new submissions to continually build the Resource
Guide. If you know of any additional dentists that provide services for individuals with autism, please feel free to submit them here.
Dental Appointment Tips
Before the appointment:
* Talk to the dental office about ways to create a successful visit, be clear and specific about what will help your child
at the appointment and share past experiences, positive or negative, with office staff.
*Talk to your child about the visit. Sometimes pictures
or books can help explain what to expect. Try
to be positive or neutral, even if you are anxious or fearful about the appointment.
On the day of the appointment:
* Bring a list of all medications your child takes to the dental appointment.
* Bring a list of questions or concerns you may have about your child’s teeth.
* Share with the dental staff the best way to communicate
with your child.
* Tell the dental staff things your child might do and the best way to deal with how he or she may act. Suggest things that make your child feel good.
Ask for help about different teeth cleaning ideas that will
make taking care of your child’s teeth at home easier.
Smiles for Life Curriculum
Regional Centers for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs: Can help with finding providers! Answer or find answers to questions and concerns you may have!
Wood County Contact - CYSHCN-North Central Children and
Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Phone 715-261-1900 Toll-Free 1-866-640-4106
Ask for: Julia Stavran
Resource for Dental Health In Wood County:
or Dial 2-1-1
Understand what your YEARLY Health Check Screening (done at your child's yearly physical)
Oral Health screening during your Yearly Health Check!
Healthy Smiles for Life - Healthy Head Start
Children's Health Alliance
Autism Speaks Dental Toolkit - A dental guide and video on tips for improving oral hygiene at home and reducing stress at dental
Children with Special Health Care Needs – MCH resource
Dental Care Everyday: A Caregiver’s Guide – Illustrated guide on caring for the oral health of individuals with developmental
Dental Tool Kit written by Autism Speaks – Oral health information including helpful hints on preparing a child for a dental visit.
Disability Etiquette – Interacting with persons with
Family Voices - Newsletter devoted to oral health.
Family Voices - Dental Health Issues for Children.
Healthy Smiles for Children with Autism – Also in Spanish.
Help Book: A Directory of Services for Children With Special
My Healthy Smile – for CD/ ipad: social scripts, tip sheets,
storyboards and more for dental professionals and parents of children with autism.
Oral Health Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs –A guide for family members/caregivers and dental providers.
Oral Health for Children with Disabilities and Special
Oral Health for People with Special Needs.
Special needs oral health fact sheets for providers and
Wisconsin First Step Hotline: 1-800-642-7837.
Wisconsin Regional Centers for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs - Provide free and confidential assistance to providers and children with special health care needs and their
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