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Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2013 Mar-Apr;35(2):214.e1-3. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2012.06.012. Epub 2012 Jul 20.

Dental health - a challenging problem for a patient with autism spectrum disorder.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan.


Patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are at an increased risk for many diseases. However, little has been published about the dental health of patients with ASDs. Here, we describe the clinical presentations in a 28-year-old woman with autistic disorder. The most striking finding was the severe dental problems which had been neglected for several years. Our patient exhibited a combination of several factors that may have increased the risk of development of severe dental problem. The early recognition is still challenging to managing this unusual condition in patients with ASDs. From the experience of caring for this patient, a team of parents or caregivers, psychiatrist and dentist should be involved in maintaining oral health care of such patients with early intervention and long-term follow-up. Evidence-based behavioral management approaches for patients with ASD need to be developed to improve compliance with oral care procedures.

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