Patients with Cerebral Palsy can present with mental and physical challenges that can impact on their oral health care.
Although Cerebral Palsy is not the cause of any unique oral abnormalities, patients with Cerebral Palsy tend to have more oral health issues than those from the general population. Often teeth are misaligned (malocclusion) and they may grind of their teeth. Cerebral Palsy patients are also more susceptible to bacterial infections and damage to the mouth due to seizure trauma.
Before the first visit to our clinic it’s essential that we receive a medical history that is both accurate and current. This will give us time to review the patient’s situation before the appointment and we can make informed decisions on how we best treat and manage their oral health.
In many cases, children who cannot control or coordinate their facial muscles find it difficult to chew and swallow; drooling and the inability to empty food pouches after a meal is common and brushing and flossing their teeth and rinsing their mouths may be difficult. In these circumstances plaque can form on the teeth which in time can cause tooth decay.
We are highly trained in this area of dentistry. Even if the patient is in a wheelchair, we will adapt our surgery to accommodate the wheelchair during their treatment. We are well-equipped to deal with most issues including seizure management. It is our mission to work together with you to ensure your visit to our clinic is a pleasant and anxiety-free experience.