Wednesday, February 20, 2008

WARNING: Head Start Programs To Offer Dental Care

WARNING TO PARENTS OF CHILDREN ENROLLED IN HEAD START PROGRAMS.

  • READ CONSENT FORMS CAREFULLY PRIOR TO ALLOWING ANY TREATMENT OF YOUR CHILD IN THE NEW HEAD START DENTAL PROGRAM.

  • MAKE SURE YOU ARE NOT CONSENTING TO HAVING YOUR CHILD TIED UP/STRAPPED DOWN IN A RESTRAINT OF ANY KIND.


AAPD teams up with Head Start
New program will help secure dental homes for at-risk children Posted Feb. 20, 2008
By Stacie Crozier
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Head Start are teaming up to help establish dental homes for young children enrolled in Head Start.
The AAPD Head Start Dental Home Initiative will be publicly announced Feb. 28 with a press conference in Washington. The initiative will create a national network of dentists to provide dental homes for Head Start and Early Head Start children, said Dr. John S. Rutkauskas, AAPD executive director.
"AAPD and Head Start are partnering at the national, regional, state and local levels to develop a national network of dentists to link Head Start children with dental homes," said Dr. Rutkauskas. "Dental homes mean that children's oral health care is delivered by dentists to children through an ongoing relationship that is comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated and family-centered." Read the full story here.

3 Must Read Comments:

Raphaelschild said...

Debi,

I am BEYOND appalled! Finally found your website and I cannot believe what I'm reading...though of course it is true.

I'm going to do some follow up and will be posting a prominant link to your site both within the follow-up article and also on a side-link.
Keep up the EXCEPTIONAL work you're doing here!
Blessings,
Rev. Jesse Decker
http://worldunitedministries.blogspot.com

catherine todd said...

This is also what we need: to get the churches and day care centers involved.

How about posting a petition on this website that people could sign to help end the abusive, traumatic practices of pediatric dentistry, and info on how to notify Medicaid if you suspect your dentist of abuse and / or fraud?

I am so glad that Rev. Jesse Decker wrote his comment; you already have important supporters!

Anonymous said...

I know this is an old post but I wanted to add my opinion since I am a Head Start employee. First off - even though Head Start is all over the country I will say that I can only speak from experience in my program which is in Idaho. Anyway, I work directly with parents to help get their children dental homes. Our role with these families is to help them secure medical and dental homes and help them find ones that they are comfortable. For what it's worth I have had so many complaints from parents about Small Smiles here and never recommend it to parents looking for a dental home. Our program does not have anything to do with obtaining signatures of parents to decide what the dentist can or cannot do. We only try to get them insured if they aren't and find good medical and dental homes for their children.