The Effects of Oral Health Home-Care Education on Plaque Control in Patients with Special Healthcare Needs

Author: Edwing Ng, DH 2023; Junhui He, DS 2023
Mentor: Dr. Allen Wong

Dental Hygiene Research Award

One of the biggest barriers to care in providing oral health care is the fear of dentists from the public. Patients with special healthcare needs may have sensory triggers, anatomical abnormalities, and face other barriers when seeking dental care. When dental needs are unmet, the periodontal condition worsen, and could lead to unwanted tooth decay. Early intervention and maintenance care is important to ensure the patient’s oral health is in good condition. Intervention such as sensory desensitization, caregiver education, removing the barriers to seek care, and utilization of alternative tools such as a universal soft tissue retractor will help increase patient compliance.

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