Children and adults with disabilities and/or special health care needs need dental treatment like everyone else. They require routine dental care, but often need additional attention. Their treatments may be affected by their physical, emotional, developmental, cognitive, or sensory disabilities. 


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Providing Oral Care for People with Developmental Disabilities

Dental Care Every Day: A Caregiver's Guide

Dental Care for the Patient with Down Syndrome

Dental Care for Children with Special Needs - English Fact Sheet

Dental Care for Children with Special Needs - Spanish Fact Sheet

Dental Tool Kit from Autism Speaks

Drs of Smiles Program from the Grottoes of North America

Toothbrushing Tips for Your Child with a Disability

Sugerencias para el uso del cepillo dental para su niño con discapacidad



starFinding a Dentist in Georgia

Georgia Medicaid provides comprehensive dental services for children under the age of 21, but the services for adults are significantly different.


For children under 21 it is a mandatory service, provided as a part of Early and Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT).  The services include regular check ups, as part of preventive care, at intervals that are the reasonable standard of dental practice, and also when there is a need, such as when the child is in pain or has an infection. The services cannot be limited to emergency care only, but must include restoration of teeth and maintenance of dental health.


For adults, Georgia Medicaid covers only emergency dental care. Dental care is not mandatory and there are no minimum requirements for adult dental coverage.


Trying to find a dental provider that accepts Medicaid can be a challenge. Less than 1 in 3 dentists in Georgia accept Medicaid.But one of ways of finding a provider is to call the number on back of your child's Medicaid card and ask the local Medicaid office to provide you with a list. They can give you  a list of providers within your area.


More information about Medicaid and Dental Care






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How to Deal with a Bad Gag Reflex

Mouth Healthy Kids

Community Water Fluoridation

All About Cavities
Anesthesia and Pediatric Dentistry

Dental Fears Checklist

FAQs - The Center for Pediatric Dentistry

Handle Me with Care - Patient Form

Oral Health Cleft Palate Fact Sheet

Oral Motor Feeding Therapy Resources

Pediatric Dental Hygiene

Soda or Pop - It's Teeth Trouble by Any Name

Wisdom Teeth Surgery and My Child with Autism



starSources of Funding

Although Medicaid will only cover limited dental procedures in Georgia, adults with developmental disabilities may be able to receive dental care funding through the NOW/COMP waiver or family support funding. Contact your support coordinator or your DBHDD Regional Field Office for more information.


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