Oral Health Kansas has established several programs/services designed to support people’s needs for individualized and specialized oral health care.  These include partnering with state and local agencies serving youth and adults with physical, developmental, and mental conditions. OHK distributes oral health public awareness and educational materials, as well as conducting educational workshops and seminars for staff and individuals.  

Overarching Goal:
To improve the oral health of adults with disabilities

  • To advocate for oral health services for people with disabilities with Kansas Legislators, state government leaders, and community agencies serving adults with disabilities
  • Provide staff and caregiver oral health workshops to increase the knowledge, skills and confidence to support practices that maintain good oral health for adults with disabilities
  • Increase access to professional dental care for adults with disabilities by offering continuing education opportunities
  • Involve Kansans in planning and program development by facilitating Kansas Oral Health Council for People with Disabilities


Use these online videos for tips on teaching people how to brush their teeth and how to have a successful dental appointment.

Brushing the Teeth of Others

Individualizing dental care for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders
This webinar was designed to demonstration oral health dental services that respond to needs of children and youth with autism, but many of the techniques used by the dentist are applicable for adult dental care as well.

Professional Oral Health Care Toolkit
Services by dentists and dental hygienists are essential for good oral health care. These three documents are designed to improve the communication between individuals with disabilities and dental offices so that everyone has a good experience.

Healthy Smiles For Everyone! A Guide for Better Oral Health Care
Healthy Smiles guide cover
You can learn to take good care of your teeth and gums at home each day and enjoy good overall health and wellbeing. Healthy Smiles for Everyone Guide.

Conference Presentations
Special Considerations for Special Conditions: Dental Care for People with Disabilities - Oral Health Kansas 2013 Conference
Ray A. Lyons, DDS, FADPD, DABSCD, Chief of Special Needs Dental Care, New Mexico Department of Health


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