What is the
purpose and philosophy of the National Foundation of
Dentistry for the Handicapped (NFDH)?
What is the
primary purpose of the Campaign of Concern (BRIDGE)?
organizations comprise the coalition called the Special Care Dentistry
What is the
mission of the Southern Association of Institutional Dentists (SAID)?
goals of the Tufts Dental Facility (TDF) network of clinics.
organizations assist in meeting the dental needs of persons with
developmental disabilities, the
National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped
the Special Care Dentistry
Association of Institutional
Dentists and the Tufts Dental Facilities Serving Persons with Special
Here is a description of each
The National Foundation of
Dentistry for the Handicapped (NFDH)
The NFDH is a public,
non-profit organization incorporated in 1974 by members of the Academy
of Dentistry for the Handicapped.
purpose of the NFDH
has been to decrease the need for dental care among persons
with disabilities by controlling the incidence and severity of oral
disease, and by sensitizing dental caregivers to
the needs of
philosophy is that dental
delivery systems must maintain a comprehensive, coordinated effort at
the community level that serves to reduce an otherwise
“crisis-motivated” method of care for persons with disabilities.
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the NFDH web
here to read about the Bridge/Campaign of
Special Care Dentistry
The Special Care Dentistry
Association (SCDA) is a forum for
professionals in dental and other health fields to promote improved
oral health for people with special needs.
is the coalition of three well-established independent
organizations, which share a similar mission, realized that by joining
forces they could pool their resources and be more effective in
accomplishing their goals. SCDA maintains a
comprehensive website, publishes a bi-monthly journal and newsletter,
and organizes an annual National Conference on Special
Southern Association of
The Southern Association of
Institutional Dentists (SAID) was
organized in 1966 to bring together dentists and other dental
professionals who wished to share ideas on how to better provide dental
care to institutionalized patients with mental retardation. Since then,
SAID has expanded both in scope and in membership.
Its scope now also includes the mentally ill client, and its membership
consists of full-time institutional dental professionals as well as
practitioners who, in other settings, treat patients who are
developmentally disabled, mentally ill, and/or medically compromised.
SAID’s mission is to
“improve the oral health of people with disabilities
through service, education, and
Dental Facility Serving Persons with Special Needs
The Tufts Dental
Facilities (TDF) is a network of dental clinics located throughout
Massachusetts that offer comprehensive dental services for persons with
a wide range of disabilities. The clinics are staffed by experienced
personnel in an environment that is sensitive to the patient with
special needs. TDF is instrumental in improving access to care for the
disabled population, through its sites for the education of dental
residents, students, and allied dental professionals. TDF also
participates in one of the largest O.R. dental rehabilitation programs
in the country, completing over 400 cases per