Educating Dental Health Professionals about People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
UMass Chan AffiliationsShriver Center, Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research
Dental Public Health and Education
Health Services Administration
Health Services Research
Psychiatry and Psychology
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AbstractDental schools and dental hygiene programs are required to incorporate specialized training in their programs to serve people with special needs, however people with intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) continue to experience poor oral health outcomes. Access to clinicians with the desire and skill to care for people with I/DD remains a challenge. There is a need to understand the best approaches to improve access, and to reduce disparity in oral health, for this vulnerable population representing approximately 1-3% of the general population. Researchers are systematically investigating the literature to uncover evidence of effective approaches to improve access and to support good oral health behaviors. These approaches should be integrated into educational curricula.
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Presented at the 2015 American Dental Health Association (ADEA) Annual Session and Exhibition on March 8, 2015, Boston, MA.
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