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Patients with special needs are those who due to physical, medical, developmental or cognitive conditions require special consideration when receiving dental treatment.
Individuals with Special needs may be at an increased risk for oral diseases throughout their lifetime. Oral diseases can have a direct and devastating impact on the health and quality of life of those with certain systemic health problems or conditions. Patients with compromised immunity (e.g., leukemia or other malignancies, human immunodeficiency virus) or cardiac conditions associated with endocarditis may be especially vulnerable to the effects of oral diseases. Patients with mental, developmental, or physical disabilities who do not have the ability to understand, assume responsibility for, or cooperate with preventive oral health practices are susceptible as well.
Oral health is an inseparable part of general health and well-being.
Pediatric dentists are trained to manage oral health problems of individuals with special health care needs. We provide diet counselling and guidance regarding oral health care, preventive treatment and effective management of dental problems in the clinic or hospital set up.