Written by Dentistry Today Thursday, 02 October 2014 15:19
Caregivers generally don’t provide the necessary amount of oral care to the developmentally disabled people they take care of. But it’s not their fault, in most cases.
Access to dental care and support are a major problem when it comes to a caregiver’s ability to treat a developmentally disabled person.
Researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine recently put together a survey on this issue. The information appears in The Journal of the American Dental Association.
People with developmental disabilities have a prevalence of cavities, gum disease and tooth loss. These people rely on their caregivers to provide the oral care that, in many cases, they are not able to provide for themselves.