Oral Health Care for Special Needs Children: A Review
Pandiyan Ramanandvignesh1 and Lehl Kaur Gurvanit2
1Senior Resident, Department of Dentistry, Government Medical College and Hospital, India
2Professor and Head of the Department, Department of Dentistry, Government Medical College and Hospital, India
*Corresponding Author: Lehl Kaur Gurvanit, Professor and Head of the
Department, Department of Dentistry, Government Medical College and Hospital,
Received: April 13, 2022; Published: May 05, 2022
Special health care need is the medical management or heath care intervention for an individual with any physical, mental, be-
havior, cognitive, emotional impairment or any other limiting conditions. These conditions might be congenital or acquired. The
individual may have limitations in performing basic self-care routine or major life activities and require specialized health service
programs. Oral health management includes primary, secondary and tertiary prevention. Individual with special needs and their
parents require special knowledge and increased awareness, attitude about the oral health care. The primary oral health care is often
neglected by the caregivers and leads to seeking of complex dental treatment. The interdisciplinary approach is needed from dental
professionals, physicians, caregivers, NGOs and other health workers to achieve the goal of Primary prevention.
Keywords: Special Dental Needs; Oral Care; Prevention; Dental Professionals; Dental Management
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