Oral Health Professional Alert on Special Care Dentistry

Tania Saskianti, - (2019) Oral Health Professional Alert on Special Care Dentistry. ACTA MEDICA PHILIPPINA, 53 (6). ISSN 00016071, 20949278

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Special needs dentistry, also known as special care dentistry, is a specialty of dentistry concerned with the oral health of people who have intellectual disability, or who are affected by other medical, physical, or psychiatric issues. Their additional needs may be due directly to their impairment or disability, or to some aspect of their medical history that affects their oral health, or because their social, environmental or cultural context disables them with reference to their oral health.1 According to data from the Indonesian Medical Council, there was an increasing number of Indonesians experiencing chronic diseases including cancer, stroke, heart disease, renal disease, and diabetes mellitus from 2013 to 2018.2 Unfortunately, there was no data describing other special needs condition aside from medically challenged. This absence of data might make dentists and authorities complacent about this need. Even in the developed country, we found that people with disabilities were rarely identified as a priority population group in the public health policy and practice.3 Along with increasing awareness of parents and careers, supporting facilities and education such as physiotherapy, speech therapy, management behavior are much in demand. Though, dental treatment is still not popular. They are prioritizing general health instead of dental and oral health to support short term impact.4 Meanwhile, special need persons are prone to poor oral health. People with developmental disabilities have higher rates of cavities, gum disease and tooth loss and the cause is often heartbreakingly simple.5 Many of these persons are physically unable to brush their teeth, and many won’t allow someone else do it for them.6 Others are hampered by medical conditions, or by the side effects of medications they take, which is why regular dental checkups and cleanings are so important.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Divisions: 02. Fakultas Kedokteran Gigi > Ilmu Kedokteran Gigi Anak (Spesialis)
Tania Saskianti, -NIDN0013017708
Depositing User: Muhammad Fadli Rois
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2023 00:06
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2023 00:06
URI: http://repository.unair.ac.id/id/eprint/122705
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