Back to Top LATEX ALLERGIES can be a serious problem.
People who have spina bifida or who have had frequent surgeries are especially prone to developing an allergic reaction or a sensitivity to latex. Back to Top People with developmental disabilities typically have more oral health problems than the general population.
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Consult your patient's physician about the management of reflux.
Back to Top SEIZURES accompany many developmental disabilities.
Back to Top CARDIAC DISORDERS, particularly mitral valve prolapse and heart valve damage, are common in people with developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome.
Consult the patient's physician if you have questions about the medical history and the need for antibiotic prophylaxis (
In fact, most people with mild or moderate developmental disabilities can be treated successfully in the general practice setting.
This booklet presents an overview of physical, mental, and behavioral challenges common in these patients and offers strategies for providing oral care.People with disabilities and their caregivers now look to providers in the community for dental services.Providing oral care to patients with developmental disabilities requires adaptation of the skills you use every day.People with disabilities often need extra help to achieve and maintain good health. Over the past three decades, a trend toward deinstitutionalization has brought people of all ages and levels of disability into the fabric of our communities.Today, approximately 80 percent of those with developmental disabilities are living in community-based group residences or at home with their families.Back to Top GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX sometimes affects people with central nervous system disorders such as cerebral palsy.