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Examination Checklist

The oral examination of a child with special needs is similar to the routine child oral examination.

Oral defensiveness, increased gag reflex, and oral motor hypotonicity may make the examination more difficult and should be documented.

Practitioners should examine the following areas and document abnormalities:

  • Oral-facial anomalies
  • Teeth  
  • Gingiva
  • Palate
 
 
Inability to cooperate with oral hygiene practices is very common among children with special health care needs.
 
The child's therapists and dentist can be a valuable resource for families.
 
A complete oral examination is necessary at every routine visit.
 
 
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