Policy on Third-party Reimbursement for Oral Health Care Services Related to Congenital and Acquired Orofacial Differences

Purpose

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) values the unique qualities of each person and the need to ensure maximal health attainment for all, regardless of developmental anomalies or other special health care needs. Recognizing that patients with craniofacial differences, referred to in this document as anomalies, require oral health care as a direct result of their craniofacial condition and that these services are an integral part of the rehabilitative process,1 AAPD advocates for the provision of comprehensive oral health care throughout life. This document provides background information to assist pediatric dentists to continue working with and encouraging third party payors to provide oral health care benefits for individuals with craniofacial anomalies.