The Center for Pediatric Dentistry

For Professionals

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Programs for visiting dentists

The Center for Pediatric Dentistry is offering two opportunities for foreign-trained dentists, pediatric dentists, and faculty: the Visiting Dentist Program and the Visiting International Dentist Program.

Special needs fact sheets

Fact sheets for 14 mild to moderate manifestations of special needs conditions have been developed for Dental and Medical Professionals. Check them out here.

Faculty and student research

The research enterprise at the Center for Pediatric Dentistry is one of the four key areas of interest in our mission and vision. Our research goals include conduct of innovative research encompassing the following areas: systemic health; social health; behavioral health; public health; healthcare delivery systems; and management of electronic health data. The research program at the Center for Pediatric Dentistry collaborates with philanthropic organizations, granting agencies, and industry sponsors.

ABCD: Improving children’s access to care

A comprehensive, multi-stakeholder program in Washington State seeks to enhance access to dental services for Medicaid-eligible children younger than 6 years through training, enhanced reimbursement and ongoing support for providers, combined with outreach, education and support for eligible families. A statewide, locally run initiative known as Access to Baby and Child Dentistry, the program features dental champions at the local level who recruit, train and certify local dentists for participation. Once certified, participating dentists receive higher than usual reimbursement from Medicaid for care provided to enrolled children, along with ongoing support in dealing with program-related challenges. Coordinators employed by county-level organizations reach out to eligible families, providing education and support in accessing a dental home for their young children. The program has enhanced access to dental care for young children (even those not enrolled in Access to Baby and Child Dentistry), leading to a decline in untreated tooth decay and lower costs. It has helped providers feel more comfortable serving young Medicaid patients, improved their attitudes about doing so and generated high levels of satisfaction.

The ABCD Innovation Profile, Comprehensive Statewide Program Combines Training and Higher Reimbursement for Providers With Outreach and Education for Families, Enhancing Access to Dental Care for Low-Income Children appears in the Feb. 27, 2013 issue of the AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange (www.innovations.ahrq.gov)