Caring for adults with developmental disabilities is no easy task, but making sure they receive oral health care is necessary and important.
The developmentally disabled are a vulnerable population prone to cavities, gum disease and loss of teeth. Access to dental care is not enough – caregivers need to be educated and instructed on how to meet these special oral health needs.
A large scale survey of developmentally disabled caregivers revealed only 22 percent offered flossing assistance daily, and 45 percent never flossed at all. Professional caregivers were far more likely to have received training in oral health care (over 70 percent), compared to only 6.4 percent of family care givers.
It’s obvious that more information and support needs to be made available to caregivers to help them deal with the behavioral problems that make oral care more difficult for the developmentally disabled.
Read the full article here: Adults with developmental disabilities need more than just better access to care
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