Growth abnormalities, medical conditions, and associated medical treatments may adversely affect oral health.
Do children with special health care needs have unique oral health needs?
Larry Salzmann, D.D.S. responds.
Oral diseases may also have a direct and negative impact on the general health of children with certain systemic or developmental problems or conditions. 7
Children with compromised immunity (e.g., leukemia, other malignancies) and certain cardiac conditions may be especially vulnerable to the effects of oral diseases. Children with cognitive disabilities or developmental or neuromuscular conditions who do not have the ability to understand and assume responsibility for or cooperate with preventive oral health practices may be at higher risk for complications or systemic infections from oral diseases. 7