Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Developmental Disabilities and Oral Health

To achieve and maintain good oral health, people with mild or moderate developmental disabilities often require a special approach to dental care. With some adaptation of the skills dental professionals use every day, most people with special needs can be treated successfully in the general practice setting. 

The physical, mental, and behavioral challenges are fairly similar in patients with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and intellectual disability. Understanding the specific challenges of each disability helps with strategies for providing care in a compassionate and trusting environment. 

“Building a bond and trust with our special needs patients goes a long way in the management of patients with developmental disabilities.” says Dr. Cherukuri from her Chino California practice. 

“We see patients of all ages with various special needs on a regular basis and have successfully managed their care with very simple modifications in care delivery.  Having a great dental team with  empathy and clear understanding of the extra needs  of these patients has served us well in rendering this specialized care successfully.” Dr. Cherukuri adds.

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