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Protecting All Children's Teeth (PACT): A Pediatric Oral Health Training Program
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Referrals

All children with special health care needs fall into a risk category and should be referred to a dentist by 1 year of age.

Any child with evidence of caries or tooth, gingival, or eruption anomalies should be immediately referred to a dentist who is comfortable caring for children with special needs.

Dental insurance coverage may be a problem for some children who have special health care needs.

Most of these children qualify for Medicaid, which automatically qualifies them for comprehensive oral health services through the Early and Periodic Screening and Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) program.

 
Fast Facts
 
All children with special health care needs should be referred to a dentist by 12 months of age.
 
Most children with special health care needs qualify for coverage of dental services through the EPSDT program.

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