News Article

Journal of the Canadian Dental Association

Excerpt from the Article:

Dental care is one of the top unmet health needs of persons with special needs. Research has shown that this population
bears a greater load of oral disease, including caries and periodontitis, than the general population.1-3 With recent evidence demonstrating a strong relationship between oral disease and other general diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, persons with special needs have an increased risk for developing more severe health problems.4-6

Within this context, the need to improve access to oral care for the special needs population is evident. Unfortunately, persons with special needs often have a difficult time finding dental care in their local communities. This situation may exist because some dentists prefer not to treat persons with special needs in their own clinics, due to a lack of familiarity with this population. Dentists may not feel comfortable providing care if they have never had prior interactions with persons who have special needs. Others may wrongly believe that specialized dental equipment is necessary to provide adequate treatment. Whatever the reasons, the reality is that many special needs patients are forced to…

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