The Washington Post: Research published recently in the Journal of the American Dental Association sheds light on the dental health of people whose intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDDs) may interfere with their care.
Researchers at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston examined a year’s worth of electronic dental records for 4,732 adults (ages 20-98) with IDDs. The patients’ dental care was provided through clinics, supported by the state of Massachusetts and run by Tufts, designed to provide dental care to people with such disabilities.
They found that 10.9 percent of the study subjects had no teeth; 88 percent had a history of dental caries (cavities), and nearly a third (32.2 percent) had untreated caries. More than 80 percent had periodontitis, and 18 percent had gingivitis (without periodontitis).
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