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Preventive dental health care experiences of preschool-age children with special health care needs.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  25082666     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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PURPOSE: This study examined the preventive dental health care experiences of young children with special needs and determined the feasibility of conducting clinical dental examinations at a community-based early intervention services center.
METHODS: Study methods included 90 parent interviews and dental examinations of their preschool-age children.
RESULTS: Thirteen percent of the children received optimal preventive care, defined as twice daily tooth brushing with fluoridated toothpaste and two preventive dental visits in the prior 12 months; 37% experienced care that fell short in both areas. Optimal care was more common among children of parents who reported tooth brushing was not a struggle and those with a personal dentist. Parents' opinion of the study experience was generally positive.
CONCLUSIONS: Few children with special needs receive effective preventive care early, when primary prevention could be achieved. Barriers to optimal care could be readily addressed by the dental community in coordination with early intervention providers.
Authors:
Colleen E Huebner; Donald L Chi; Erin Masterson; Peter Milgrom
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-7-31
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:  -     ISSN:  1754-4505     ISO Abbreviation:  Spec Care Dentist     Publication Date:  2014 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-8-1     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8103755     Medline TA:  Spec Care Dentist     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2014 Special Care Dentistry Association and Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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