Case Management Can be Key to Helping High-Risk Children

An ADA-supported study by two North Dakota dental professionals showed that proactive dental case management facilitates referrals and appointment compliance, reduces reimbursement barriers, and reduces the need for more costly future treatment for high-risk low-income children by promoting the prevention of dental disease.

The study focused on Fargo-area Head Start programs, which provide services to about 350 children in the Fargo and the southeast North Dakota region. The study explored how best to utilize the services of a community dental health coordinator (CDHC) who could, with the help of licensed dentists, connect high caries-risk children to dental homes.

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