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Special Needs Dentistry

Special Needs Dentistry

What is special needs dentistry?

Special Needs Dentistry

Special needs dentistry is a branch that focuses on the treatment of patients with disabilities or special requirements.

Special needs dentistry has gained relevance as the population ages and the number of people with disabilities and special needs increases.

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The first step in care is to establish a relationship of trust and understanding with the patient. The dentist must spend time listening to the patient and learning about his or her medical and dental history, as well as other information that may be relevant and useful for treatment.

After establishing that relationship of trust with the patient, the dentist will start the corresponding procedures.

People with special conditions should receive personalized attention adapted to the specific needs of each patient. Dentists who practice this specialty provide high-quality care to people with diverse requirements.

Who has special dental care needs?

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People with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy, cystic fibrosis, spina bifida, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and genetic syndromes, among other health conditions, have special dental care needs.

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People with physical disabilities

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Care for people with physical disabilities is a frequent situation in this dental specialty. These patients may find it difficult to maintain good oral hygiene due to their health condition. This is the case of a person with cerebral palsy.

Dental treatment may include special techniques and tools to address the respective diagnosis.

People with medical disabilities

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This is the case of people with diabetes or cancer, who are at greater risk of developing dental cavities, gum disease, or other dental infections. In the treatment of these patients, emphasis should be placed on procedures to prevent these conditions.

The treating dentist must coordinate the treatment plan with other health professionals who provide care to the patient.

People with emotional or mental needs

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These patients may be afraid or anxious about dental treatment, which makes care difficult. 

The care of these patients requires providing them with a calm and safe environment. Special communication techniques can be used to help these people feel safe during treatment.

Prevention and oral health care

Special needs dentistry also covers prevention and ongoing oral health care. In addition, dentists can provide home care recommendations, such as brushing and flossing techniques, tailored to the patient’s needs.

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Conclusion

How to find quality care in special needs dentistry?

Professionals in special needs dentistry work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals to ensure that treatment is safe and effective.

In our directory of professionals you can find contact information for different dentists who care for people with special needs. Consult it and select the option that you consider suits your requirements.

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