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Improving access to dental care for people with special health care needs spotlighted in CDA Journal

June 13, 2022 40

Sacramento, Calif. – The June 2022 issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association addresses the chronic problem people with special health care needs face in accessing dental care and discusses effective and compassionate approaches dentists can take to provide that care.

“This is a critical time for special needs dentistry, as there is a growing awareness and sense of urgency among state and local officials to address the persistent inequities and lack of access to basic oral health care services,” said Kerry K. Carney, DDS, editor-in-chief of the Journal. “This Journal issue aims to increase that awareness and improve access to dental care for people will special needs.”

Articles in the June issue include:

  • “Oral Health Care for Californians With Special Health Care Needs: A Problem in Need of a Solution”
  • “Predoctoral Curriculum Modifications in Caring for Patients With Special Health Care Needs”
  • “Medical-Dental Integration: A Promising Approach To Address Unmet Dental Needs of Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs”
  • “Strategies To Reduce the Use of General Anesthesia for Children and Adolescents With Special Health Care Needs: Dental Desensitization and ‘Shorten the Line’ Models”
  • “NYU Dentistry Oral Health Center for People With Disabilities”
  • “Care Coordination: A Valuable Adjunct To Dental Practice — Lessons Learned in a Public Health Setting”
  • “Billing for Extra Time Needed To Treat Individuals With Special Needs”

The Journal of the California Dental Association is an award-winning peer-reviewed scientific publication that keeps dentists up to date about scientific advances, business management strategies and new products.

About the California Dental Association
The California Dental Association is the nonprofit organization representing organized dentistry in California. Founded in 1870, CDA is committed to the success of our members in service to their patients and the public. CDA also contributes to the oral health of Californians through various comprehensive programs and advocacy. CDA’s membership consists of more than 27,000 dentists, making it the largest constituent of the American Dental Association. For more information, visit 


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