There are 429,687 Kansans with differing abilities.
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.
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.
Kansas Dental Safety-Net Clinics Directory and Fact Sheets
Individual Pre-Appointment Oral Health Information Form
Tips and Tricks: How to Have a Successful Dental Appointment
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.
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.
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
Understanding Basic Behavioral Support Techniques
Oral Hygiene Health Care Plan
National Institute of Dental Craniofacial Research (NICDR): Series on Developmental Disabilities
Dry Mouth: NICDR
Burning Mouth Syndrome: NICDR
Detecting Oral Cancer: NICDR
Smokeless Tobacco - A guide for quitting: NICDR
What You Need to Know about Oral Cancer: Oral Cancer Foundation
Adults with Special Needs Fact Sheets: Washington State Dental School
Diabetes and Oral Health: American Diabetes Association
Tips & Tricks for Oral Health: Oral Health Kansas
Brushing the Teeth of Others: Graduated Guidance for Toothbrushing - Tim Koontz, OT: Oral Health Kansas
Pre-Appointment Dental Form: Oral Health Kansas
Dental Care Products: Oral Health Kansas
Specialized Care List of Resources: Oral Health Kansas