Policy on Care for Vulnerable Populations in a Dental Setting


The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is committed to the improvement of healthcare for all children and adolescents, regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, sexual or gender identity, medical status, family structure, or financial circumstances. Additionally, the AAPD is committed to increased access to dental services and improved oral health for all children and adolescents, including those from vulnerable and underserved communities. The intent of this document is to increase awareness of the challenges that vulnerable populations face in achieving optimal oral health, to educate providers regarding the importance of culturally-sensitive care, and to encourage oral health professionals to advocate for improved access to dental services for vulnerable communities.