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Help A Special Loved One

May 13, 2011

Filed under: Dental Care,Special Needs — admin @ 9:41 am

We found a great article about the dental challenges those with specials needs may encounter.”  

If you help care for a special needs person, the caring professionals at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design in Colorado Springs can show you techniques and recommend products to assist in their dental care.

Please call 719-599-0700

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.

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