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Oral Health Care Center for Patients of Special Needs
About the Center
Everyone wishes to have a good healthy set of white teeth. According to statistics, the rate of dental caries in the general public is 69%, while the rate is higher at 91% for the disabled. The prevalence rate of dental caries in the disabled of age 45-year-old or above can reach as high as 98.73% and the deft index (DMFT) is positively correlated to the severity of disability. And, only 20.7% of the disabled population is willing to receive dental fillings. The problem of dental caries will not only affect the appearance, but may introduce more oral problems, causing dysphagia, dysmasesis, malnutrition, bacterial infection, and even pulmonitis, as well as progressing into other diseases to affect life quality. The higher incidence rate of oral problems in the Disabled is closely related to the lifestyle. Caregivers usually have poor knowledge of oral hygiene and some disabled rarely complete the entire process of teeth brushing. And, thus, it is important to correct their mentality of seeking a dentist only after a problem has occurred. The center, supported by the Department of Health, in addition to the general outpatient dental department and provision of comfortable environment, will assist the caregiver and the disabled to be educated of oral hygiene, which is part of the "Trial Training Program for Dentists and Caregivers at Dental Service Demonstration Center for the Disabled". A dental service network will be established to provide the closest possible oral care to the disabled.
Daily outpatient service, accessible facilities for disabled, and oral care education. Physicians and assistants are experienced and well-trained in servicing the disabled. The hospital employs an interdisciplinary consultation with other departments, such as the pediatric department, the psychology department, the rehabilitation department, the anesthesiology department, and even the social worker office, to assist the disabled. It will drastically reduce the waiting time and the patient no longer need to run from department to department in the hospital.
Service Procedure:

1. Appointment

By telephone or on-site registration
Telephone: (02)2248-1388 / (02)22490088 (ext. 1451~2)
Fax: 2-22490088 (ext. 1466)

2. History taking

Simple history taking by patient's own account of oral problem and physical condition.

3. Diagnosis and treatment

Examine the oral condition and conduct the patient education.

4. Treatment plan

Based on patient's demands and the actual condition, including the patient's physical status, the dentist will design a treatment plan and will need to inform the patient to follow explicit instructions.

5. Regular follow-up and oral hygiene education

Instruct patient to return for regular check-up and continue the patient education of oral hygiene.


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