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Interdisciplinary approach to oral health for persons with developmental disabilities.
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PMID:  18402616     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of this interdisciplinary study was to survey the oral health among persons with developmental disabilities (PDD), and to evaluate the impact of the routine referral process at a regional center in Los Angeles, California. This study evaluated the subjects' oral health, access to care, oral health behaviors, and adherence to referrals. The study recruited 102 subjects (74% were African American or Hispanic). Among them, 24% reported brushing their teeth less than once a day, and 68% had dental insurance. The prevalence of leukoplakia was 4% and the prevalence of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) clicking and pain were 11% and 9%, respectively. Their decayed, missing, filled (DMF) equaled 14 points with 7 missing teeth. The subjects' DMF index was poorer compared to the general population. The routine referral process was not effective in improving the subjects' access to dental care. More sophisticated referral systems need to be developed for this population.
Hazem Seirawan; Janet Schneiderman; Veronica Greene; Roseann Mulligan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Special care in dentistry : official publication of the American Association of Hospital Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped, and the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0275-1879     ISO Abbreviation:  Spec Care Dentist     Publication Date:    2008 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-04-11     Completed Date:  2008-07-15     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8103755     Medline TA:  Spec Care Dentist     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  43-52     Citation Subset:  D    
School of Dentistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
DMF Index
Dental Care for Disabled / organization & administration,  statistics & numerical data*
Dental Prosthesis
Developmental Disabilities*
Health Services Accessibility
Health Services Needs and Demand / statistics & numerical data
Los Angeles / epidemiology
Maxillofacial Abnormalities / epidemiology
Mentally Disabled Persons*
Middle Aged
Patient Care Team
Periodontal Diseases / epidemiology
Referral and Consultation
Regional Medical Programs / organization & administration*
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders / epidemiology

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