Community dental health coordinator


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Community dental health coordinator

a person designed to assist dentists in improving dental care for patients with limited and no care. A CDHC works with other dental team members under the remote supervision of a dentist, CDHCs will increase access for underserved people by coordinating their dental needs, triaging care based on emergent or urgent needs, and organizing transportation and other logistical or social support as needed. A CDHC is not intended to substitute for dentists in providing clinical care; performs no irreversible procedures; does not diagnose; is part of the dental team; screens patients for emergent, urgent or routine dental care; places temporary restorations after consulting with the supervising dentist.
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Our support of the ADA's Community Dental Health Coordinator program is an important new chapter in Henry Schein's long-term relationship with the ADA to increase access to oral health care for underserved communities across the United States.
Dental team careers: community dental health coordinator.
The Action for Dental Health Act (HR 4395) would provide grants to support programs such as expanding care for the elderly in nursing homes, encouraging dentists to contract with Federally Qualified Health Centers, increasing health protections and simplifying administration under Medicaid, expanding community water fluoridation, increasing the number of Community Dental Health Coordinators and strengthening collaborations with other health professionals and organizations.
For this interdisciplinary model to work well, coordination will be essential and can be done by, for example, a social worker, case manager, promotora, or, a person trained under the ADA's unlicensed Community Dental Health Coordinators program from which, following an education, graduates are prepared to work specifically in the communities from which they may come or to which they have been assigned.
We're advocating for increased water fluoridation, getting more private practice dentists to contract with safety net clinics, training Community Dental Health Coordinators, and enlisting other health professionals to make oral health a greater priority.
The bill also allows dental hygienists and dental assistants to be certified as community dental health coordinators (CDHC) in settings other than traditional dental offices and clinics.
is now training Community Dental Health Coordinators (CDHC) to serve the inner-city poor.
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