Healthcare Transitions and Dental Care

  • Kimberly Espinoza


Patients with special healthcare needs experience high rates of unmet dental needs. As patients age out of pediatric dental practices, they often experience significant barriers in accessing appropriate care, especially among those with developmental disabilities. This chapter examines the barriers to accessing care during the transition years, specific challenges faced by those with developmental disabilities, and pathways toward training the next workforce of dental providers.


Special healthcare needs Developmental disabilities Dental care Healthcare transition Access to care Willingness to treat 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Oral MedicineUniversity of Washington School of DentistrySeattleUSA

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