Developmental Disabilities and Oral Health
by Alyssa Hill – Published on newmouth.com
How Can Disabilities Impact Oral Health?
Developmental disabilities can impact a person’s general and oral health standing. This is because certain disorders impair learning, physical, language, and behavioral capabilities. In addition, practicing good oral hygiene at home may be difficult, which can lead to serious oral health issues over time.
Dental Conditions Associated with Developmental Disabilities
Developmental disabilities are typically life-long conditions that make it more challenging to complete simple daily activities. For example, a person may not be able to bathe, dress, or feed themselves on their own. As a result, disabled people have a higher risk of developing health issues, which also includes oral infections.