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Dental Hygiene Care for the Special Needs Patient
The American Academy of Dentistry has defined Children and Adults with special health care needs as those who have a physical, developmental, mental, sensory, behavioral, cognitive, or emotional impairment. The condition may cause limitations in performing daily self-care activities such as brushing and flossing their teeth. Dental Hygiene Care for special needs patients is beyond that considered routine and requires specialized knowledge, increased awareness, compassion, and accommodation. All too often the family of a special needs Child or Adult may feel that a Dental Office would not be able to treat their loved one with the compassion, patience and knowledge, which they or their family member might need. Therefore, in the dental office, the focus should be on people’s abilities and their individuality, not their limitations. To ensure good oral health, all children should have a dental visit 6 months after the first tooth erupts or by age 12 months (whichever comes first). This visit presents an opportunity to implement preventive oral health care and to reduce the risk for preventable oral disease such as tooth decay at a very young age.
Depending on individual risk factors, children and adults with special health care needs may need to visit an oral health professional every 2 to 3 months for professional Hygiene Care. Patients who have trouble practicing Oral home Care such as Brushing, need to see their Dental Office more often to check for signs dental problems. Patients such as those who suffer from a Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Autism, Downs Syndrome, Genetic Disorders, Paralysis and even Arthritis are among the many who may need a little extra help when it comes to taking care of their teeth. Help your loved ones accomplish good oral health care that promotes systemic health today by making your dental visit appointment!
Written by: Bernadette Kozak, BSDH, IPDH
Fryeburg Family Dental
Independent Dental Hygiene Practice
207-265-7606
Web page: www.fryeburgfamilydental.com

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