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ADA FDI 2021 World Dental Congress
World Dental Congress - Special Edition
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    How general dentists can improve the oral health of the disabled and those at risk

    Presentation Description

    This presentation is designed to provide clinicians with an understanding of what is “disability” and how do some disabilities effect oral health through the life-cycle. It will present the diagnostic and oral health implications of a series of disabilities-developmental and acquired, intellectual and physical, that are encountered routinely in dental practice and help explain how best to navigate the oral health issues encountered. Strategies for long-term management of oral diseases within the practice of General Dentists will be discussed with limited sedation and avoiding serial operating room care. Discussion effective methodologies to help manage emotional and behavioral difficulties that may arise during dental treatment for individuals and communication with caregivers. Specific interventions to reduce both challenging behaviors and negative emotional reactions will be discussed. The presentation will include discussion of how successful management must include the expansion of the team managing the oral health of disabled individuals.

    Learning Outcomes:

    1. Identify what constitutes a disability.
    2. Understand the spectrum of disabilities through the lifespan and how determine necessary modifications to care necessary based upon the disability.
    3. Identify essential components of effective communication.
    4. Apply strategies to engage all individuals within a dental practice (front desk staff, dental assistant, dental hygienist, and dentist) in the use of interventions.


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