Special Populations

Special populations include:

  • Young children and the elderly
  • Children and adults with special needs (e.g. autism, cerebral palsy, and intellectual disability)
  • Medically compromised individuals

Some populations may be unable to cooperate; therefore, it may be necessary to refer these individuals to a dentist skilled in behavior management. Don't ignore oral issues! The needs of this population, as well as the risks associated with neglecting oral health, are high.

Exam Tips

  • Solicit advice from the caregiver on the most productive approach.
  • Enlist the caregiver in the process.
  • Consider splitting exam up over several visits and doing a little bit more at each visit.
  • Know your local referral resources and who works best with different populations.