When dental erosions are detected, assess for GERD.139, 140
Oral disease (eg, periodontal disease, caries, missing teeth and dental erosions that are associated with GERD) is more prevalent among people with IDD than in the general population.137, 138
Monitor oral health status and encourage daily oral hygiene routines, periodic professional dental care, and other preventive oral care measures.143
Poor oral health substantially affects nutrition and respiratory and cardiac health and can contribute to behavioural disturbances.140, 141 However, people with IDD can have difficulty maintaining oral hygiene routines and accessing dental services that accommodate their needs.142
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