National Children’s Dental Health Month and Expanding Care for People with IDD

Every year, oral health professionals and organizations recognize February as National Children's Dental Health Month. This is an opportunity to promote the importance of good oral health care for children, their caregivers, and children's health professionals across the country. Some resources, including activity sheets for kids, are available on the American Dental Association’s website. Resources for parents are available on the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s website for parents.

Thank you to our students, residents, faculty, and staff at the Dugoni School’s Hutto Patterson Pediatric Dentistry Clinic, Redmond Family Orthodontic Clinic, and Special Care Clinic for all you do to care for our young patients throughout the year.

Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities face a unique challenge and are at an even higher risk of developing oral health conditions. Maintaining good oral hygiene can become difficult due to a variety of reasons such as accompanying health issues or poor dexterity.

Dr. Allen Wong and I had the opportunity to participate in a new cover story, “An Underserved Population: Expanding Access to Care for Patients with IDDs,” in this month’s Inside Dentistry. Learn more about this topic by reading the story (and you can read a digital copy of the whole magazine here.)