Systematic Review of Interventions to Reduce Oral Health Disparities between Adults with Intellectual Disability and the General Population

Funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disability (NCBDDD) grant number 1U01DD000914-0

Alexandra Bonardi, Principal Investigator 

National and international research has shown that people with Intellectual Disability (ID) are more likely to have untreated tooth pain and decay, and to be at risk for health problems associated with poor oral health. 

Barriers to oral health care include:

  • policy and financial constraints 
  • lack of trained clinicians that limit access to necessary care 
  • factors related to health behaviors that limit the ability to tolerate dental procedures 
  • attitudes that minimize the importance of oral health among care providers 

The purpose of this project is to develop the evidence base for interventions that improve oral health in the population with intellectual disability (ID). To date, interventions have been developed to address both access and oral health issues but have not been systematically studied. 

Using a formal protocol and expert panels, researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School Shriver Center will partner with the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) will identify and review a wide range of interventions for their effectiveness to improve the oral health in this population.

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