A person with a disability wants a healthy mouth, just like anyone else.
But Medicaid only covers extractions. Disabled persons may have trouble expressing their pain, or they might refuse help.
Parents worry that their children will outlive them and their dental health care plans.
Don't just take our word for it - this information comes from focus groups we've organized with SupportOne, Inc. and Richmond Residential - two Richmond nonprofits that help people with intellectual disabilities live independent lives.
Are you a parent or caregiver of a person with special health care needs? View more information below or check out our special needs resources.
Special needs require special care, and that goes for teeth, too.
Dental Care Approaches for Adults with Disabilities - A Program for Dental Providers
Thanks to a grant from the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, we partnered with residential homes and the VCU School of Dentistry in 2014 to train dental providers across Virginia to treat individuals with special needs. We are also collecting firsthand stories about oral health experiences from patients and caregivers to share their voices with policy makers.
View photos from our March 2014 grant training.