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Lessons from IDS TILDA by Kev Mac Giolla Phádraig.

Together, tooth decay and gum disease lead to tooth loss and oral disability. In Ireland, about a third of older adults with ID have no teeth; a rate twice as common as in the general population. What is worse is that when older persons with ID lose all their teeth, they are very unlikely to have.....

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Darshini Ramasubbu on how important it is to make dental visits as easy as possible

Dental care can be challenging for anyone, with phobia of visits to the dentist being very common and understandably so—dental surgeries can be intimidating places, with unfamiliar people, noises and equipment. For those with intellectual disability, it is important to make dental visits as easy as possible so that phobia or fear does not develop...

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Darshini Ramasubbu explains how those with an intellectual disability can prevent dental decay

Prevention is the focus for all patients, regardless of any disability present. The best way to thwart disease is to be aware of its causes and how to avoid or minimise them. As regards the mouth, the two main problems which afflict patients are dental decay and gum disease...

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by Darshini Ramasubbu

David O’Connor, who attends Prosper Fingal services, and works as check-out support in Supervalu Malahide on Fridays, receives advice on minding his teeth. David is a keen sports person who enjoys golf and swimming.
David O’Connor, who attends Prosper Fingal services, and works as check-out support in Supervalu Malahide on Fridays, receives advice on minding his teeth. David is a keen sports person who enjoys golf and swimming.

Caring for our own mouths is a challenge—but for the mouths of others, even more so. Carers, family members, hospital workers and parents can...