We found a great article about the dental challenges those with specials needs may encounter.”
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From the article:
“Everyone knows of a friend or family member with special needs. Individuals with special needs have a medical, mental, physical or social challenge that confines their daily activities. Many of these individuals require assistance with some hygiene tasks. For example, inserting a toothbrush handle into a tennis ball is a simple way to address fine motor grip issues.
Special needs youngsters, adolescents and adults often have oral conditions that can seriously affect their overall health.
A few of common challenges and oral conditions that affect them include—
Cerebral palsy : damaged tooth enamel, mouth breathing (requiring braces), fractured teeth from falling; tongue thrusting against the front teeth, making it difficult to brush; painful cavities that affect the ability to speak, eat nutritious foods and chew.
Dementia : periodontitis, xerostomia (lack of saliva) that causes root cavities.
Down syndrome: delayed tooth eruption, periodontitis, cavities, misaligned jaws (malocclusion) and bruxism (grinding or clenching teeth).
Developmental disability : cavities, periodontitis, bruxism, damaged tooth enamel.
Seizures (eg, epilepsy): overgrown gingiva (gums), delayed tooth eruption, tooth defects.
Stroke : physical limitation and medications that result in gingivitis (swollen, bleeding gums) and periodontal disease (chronic infection that results in tooth loss); aspirating oral bacteria from the infection into the lungs that results in life-threatening pneumonia.