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Medically Compromised Patients

At a glance: what are the common medical conditions that predispose patients to dental problems?

This post is based on the section on “Dental care for patients with systemic disorders” of the MERCK Manual website Hematological Disorders Disorders that interfere with coagulation which require consultation with the patient’s general practitioner.  Cardiovascular Disorders Cardiovascular disease is a disease of the heart blood vessels which includes numerous problems. Many of these problems are related to a process called atherosclerosis, a condition that develops when a substance called plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries.  Cancer Extracting a tooth adjacent to a carcinoma of the gingiva, palate, or antrum facilitates invasion of the alveolus (tooth socket) ...

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How can you deliver effective oral hygiene instruction to children with autism?

This question was submitted by a general dentist: “How can we deliver effective oral hygiene instruction to children with autism?” Dr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks at CDA interviewed Dr. Clive Friedman,  past President of the International Association for Disability and Oral Health (IADH) and current member of IADH Education Committee Understanding your patient is crucial The key to success in treating an autistic child is to follow an approach based on understanding the patient, not only in terms of their diagnosed condition, but also of their psychosocial environment. It is important to understand where a child fits on ...

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